Effects of equine EDF taping on wound healing and edema control after surgical castration in stallions
By International Journal of Advances in Medical Sciences | 01 February 2018
Type:Randomised
Sample Size:10
Outcome:Positive
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Objective

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Kinesio Taping (KT) to prevent and/or reduce scrotal swelling following castration of stallions.

Methods

Ten healthy horses aged between 4 and 12 were included in our study. Subjects were randomly assigned to either the KT group (n=5) or Control group (n=5). KT EDF (Epidermis-Dermis-Fascia) technique was applied to scrotal area postoperatively for edema control and wound healing on alternate days. Measurements were taken at pre-surgery, 45 minutes post-surgery, after 3, 24, 48, 72 hours and at the 7th day of the surgery. Thermal camera imaging was performed to assess the skin temperature in scrotal area. Edema and post-surgical pain assessment was rated by two veterinarians using a four-point scale (none, mild, moderate, or severe) and Composite Pain Scale (CPS) respectively.

Results

Significant linear decreasing for KT group was found in skin temperature, edema and pain at 45 minutes post-surgery, after 3, 24, 48, 72 hours and at the 7th day of the surgery.

Conclusion

KT EDF method applied to scrotal area postoperatively had positive effects on wound healing and edema control in equine. We believe that KT EDF method has made a considerable effect on ensuring homeostasis of the postoperative tissue compared with control group.

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