A shot in the dark, but could that hole be packed with bone cement? Would keep debris out of the sinus cavity....
Funny you should mention that because I asked about that.....because of how active the tissue around the hole is, this would actually cause more problems than it would solve and would be unsuccessful.
Thank you for doing so much for Squeak. I'm sure it will not be an easy week caring for her while she recovers and then seeing how she does out on pasture.
I'm sad it's not better news, but realistic to know some times it just isn't good. A good horse brought down by not having routine care definitely bites. Lessons for all of us.
Definitely wish the outcome for Squeak had been better but at least you know you tried all you could. Routine vet care can prevent SO much and is actually very cheap in relation to how much you spend when something very wrong happens. So sad this was the case with this mare
So sorry to hear that the surgery on Squeak did not go as we had all hoped. Wishing her the best with healing and pain, and that she heals as well as possible.
How's Squeak doing now?
So far, so good.
Good to hear.
Update: 8-7-2017 Prima Atlantis had her surgery on May 18th and sadly, the surgery did not work and there is little more we can do for her, except hope. She has a large and permanent hole in her mouth where a massive molar got infected and ate through bone and soft tissue. This hole will always be there and she will occasionally pack her hay, grass or feed up unto the hole, all the way up into her nasal cavity. We have not made her available because we assumed that this would get infected from time to time and eventually force us to have her put down. It has been almost 3 months and she is doing better than we ever imagined, with no major infections popping up so far and no treatments being needed. While we cannot promise anything 100% for her future, it seems a shame to let such a good horse simply sit here and not at least give someone the opportunity to adopt her. She is sound, well broke and has always been a really fun, versatile horse to ride. Of course, anyone considering adopting her should know that she may need to have that hole flushed out from time to time and might even need a course of antibiotics from time to time as well, but so far, we have had no issues with this at all. She is an easy keeper, well broke, easy to handle and ride, willing, smart, good looking and a very experienced trail and arena horse.
That is so encouraging to hear that Squeak is doing well. I hope someone out there is willing to take a chance on her.
Any further complications after surgery? How is she doing?
Squeak is actually doing well, other than she is a bit overweight right now. She's a very easy keeper. She has had to have her mouth cleaned out with getting the impacted debris out of that hole and is due for another cleaning on November 4th, our big vet day with dentals coming up. Squeak will have a full dental exam on that date as well. We were hoping someone would consider Squeak for adoption since she is such a nice horse in every way, and this problem would be kind of like having a horse who needs a little more attention to their dental exams than the once a year that is usual, and maybe a course of antibiotics now and again. I really don't consider her high maintenance since she is an easy keeper, so what you save in the feed bill can go towards the extra dental exams.