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Dr. Patricia Hogan, DVM, has performed numerous lag screw fixation procedures on horses.

Don’t bet against a horse with screws

There are many red-flag phrases in the playbook for horse shoppers. ‘Lag screw fixation’ should not be one of them. So explains top veterinary surgeon Dr. Patricia Hogan, a seasoned equine veterinarian who has performed lag screw fixation—a surgical technique used to mend fractures—on many Thoroughbreds, including the great Take Charge Indy. In this week’s Veterinary Answers column, Hogan, a former board member of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), who performs charitable work for both the TRF and other equine charities, explains the technique of mending leg fractures, and offers insights on what the presence of screws means and does […]