Turning this blog into a Picasso Rehabilitation Blog

1 11 2009

So Picasso went to UC Davis on the 28th of October for bilateral arthroscopic surgery to implant stem cells in his sub-condular cysts. For those of you in need of term definitions: Bilateral means both sides. Arthroscopic means with a camera at the end of a tube. Means a small incision, less damage. The cysts Picasso has are on both stifles, aka the knee joint in humans. At the end of each femur, he has a big hole where there is cartilage instead of bone. Not good….  He started the 29th with prep for an epidural.

IMG_0566Doug, the anesthesia guy is awesome! Very caring. He came by the day before several times to see Picasso. He wants the horses to get used to his voice. He believes if they know him a bit, as he wakes them up they will feel calmer. I think he’s right. Plus he had cookies…. Picasso loved him.

Next he was off to surgery about 930 am. They took him over to the building where the orthopedic surgical suite was. I was not allowed inside.

IMG_0567These are “The Doors” he was behind. He was eventually brought out on a pallet via forklift and taken to the “wake up room.” I was also not allowed to view that. But I waited by his stall and he was brought over by his friend Doug.

IMG_0568So for his surgery, he was placed on his back in a water bed! Very cool! But the disadvantage (of which there are many) is that the blood can pool in their head, clogging sinus’ and making them all puffy looking. This of course was what Picasso had. Also the eyes are lubricated with a gel because they can’t blink while under anesthesia. Poor baby.

IMG_0571He was also shaking a lot from the adrenaline of getting up and the after effects of anesthesia. Hard to watch, but he was calm about it. He received 3 insertions into his stifles: 1 on the left and 2 on the right. They found the left cyst to be fully blocked off, YEAH! The right cyst was slightly still open into the joint. I got to see the arthroscopy images. The right side looked like a swimming pool depression and a black hole in the middle. That’s the opening. They injected stem cells into each cyst successfully.

IMG_0569The following day he was not as sore as they expected! Good thing! He stayed there Friday and left at around 6 PM on Saturday. Blew By U Horse Transport came to get him. They were great. He got his own stall!

IMG_0575He drove very carefully to minimize impact on Picasso. Thank you Billy and Blew By U! He arrived home around 8 PM, and I put him in his nice stall. Annika of Wine Country Sporthorse made up an excellent stall for him. Nicely bedded with dinner and a view!


This morning I went over to give him his bute and hang out with him.

IMG_0581He is restricted to a stall for a week and then after that only is allowed 5 minutes of hand walking per day. I will keep a running blog about his progress and what we are doing! After 8 weeks, he will be starting the use of a hydrohorse treadmill at Circle Oak Rehabilitation! Very cool!