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    The Sanctuary Makes Improvements To Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

The Sanctuary Makes Improvements To Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

OCALA, FL. – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, a world-class rehab and conditioning facility located in Ocala, Florida, has built a solid reputation on their ability to condition and rehabilitate equines of all disciplines. Part of The Sanctuary’s commitment to the equine industry involves continual improvements, as well as maintaining the highest of standards, on all of their state-of-the-art equipment.

“The highest safety standards for all horses, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to The Sanctuary, which lead to additional improvements to our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber,” said Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary’s 30-acre Ocala facility.
“Our facility has had great success over the years with helping to rehab horses and get them back in the show ring or condition horses that are competing, and while our goal hasn’t changed we want to make sure we are doing it in the safest way possible.”
McDuffee explained that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a procedure that delivers increased amounts of oxygen to diseased or injured
tissues. It is currently one of the most powerful tools available as an adjunctive form of therapy, and in some cases it works well as the primary therapy for horses. Oxygen is delivered to the patient under pressure, the procedure concentrates the oxygen available in the air breathed by the horse, which allows more oxygen to be dissolved into the blood plasma and delivered to the injured or diseased tissues.

“The improvements we have made to our hyperbaric chamber are related to our control panel and backup systems,” she said. “In
human hyperbaric chambers they require double redundancy, or double backup systems, and that is what we have added to our machine at The Sanctuary.”

McDuffee added that The Sanctuary has always […]

  • Permalink (Gracie, a horse that received a rare surgical procedure at UF to treat a broken shoulder, is shown Nov. 21 at the Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center in Ocala, Fla., with Erin Shaffer, a therapy technician with the Sanctuary; Dr. Andrew Smith from UF; Gracie’s owner, Carol Norton; Dr. Sarah Graham from UF and Brenda McDuffey, general manager at the Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center)Gallery

    Horse beats odds to survive, recuperates after unprecedented surgery at UF!

Horse beats odds to survive, recuperates after unprecedented surgery at UF!

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A year after University of Florida veterinarians removed a piece of bone from her badly fractured shoulder in a procedure believed to be the first of its kind, Graceful Leaguer, a 9-year-old quarter horse, is finally home with her owner after building back her strength through a combination of play and rehabilitative exercise.

That the horse, known as Gracie, is even alive is something of a miracle, given the medical challenges of her condition, said Sarah Graham, D.V.M., a clinical assistant professor in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s department of large animal clinical sciences and lead surgeon on the case. But the willingness of a local rehabilitation center to provide the horse with regular physical therapy to aid in her healing adds a special, well, saving grace to her story.

The horse came to UF as an emergency patient in November 2012. Andrew Smith, D.V.M., a large animal surgery resident, was on duty that night.

“Grace was unable to bear weight on her right front leg. She was in a lot of pain and distress,” Smith said.

Radiographs of the shoulder all were normal, but a subsequent bone scan revealed a rare fracture in an area of the humerus known as the lesser tubercle.

“There is no report in the literature of this type of fracture being fixed,” Graham said. “The fracture itself is very rare, but no one has ever tried to repair it or do anything with it.”

The prospect of surgery was daunting, in part because veterinarians knew the fracture’s location was deep and on the inside of the shoulder. Surgical access to that area is very difficult, Graham said. Routine fracture repair involves the use of bone screws and plates and would […]