DORSAL DISPLACEMENT of the SOFT PALATE (DDSP) in the HORSE - surgical TREATMENT.

DORSAL DISPLACEMENT of the SOFT PALATE (DDSP) in the HORSE - surgical TREATMENT.


Historically DDSP has been the most common diagnosis with regard  to dysfunction of the soft palate in horses. New research has revealed that DDSP is actually in most cases the second phase of this very common dysfunction. The first stage is what is now referred to as Palatal Instability (PI). 


Surgical procedures abound and the large number of procedures appear to reflect our lack of understanding of this dysfunction. Given this more recent research it may be time to not only consider procedures aimed at reducing the incidence of DDSP ( stage 2) but logically to consider procedures that deal more directly with PI (stage1). The concept is very simple. If you negate stage1 then a progression to stage 2 should not occur!


For Treatments see -

PALATAL INSTABILITY (PI) in the HORSE - Surgical  TREATMENT