A modified laryngeal tie-forward procedure using metallic implants for treatment of dorsal displacement of the soft palate in horses

Vet Surg. 2012 Aug;41(6):685-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01001.x. Epub 2012 Jul 23.


Objective: To describe a modified laryngeal tie-forward procedure (LTFP) using metallic implants.

Study design: Retrospective case series.

Population: Twenty-seven horses (including 24 race horses) with dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) or palatal instability (PI) diagnosed using high-speed treadmill endoscopy (n = 15), history and resting examination (n = 8), or dynamic endoscopy over ground (n = 4).

Methods: All horses underwent the modified LTFP. Modifications of the surgical procedure consisted in the use of 3 metallic stents called Suture Button(TM) through which the sutures are threaded and in a tying technique that involved a single knot connecting left and right suture loops (versus tying each separately). Lateral radiographs were taken 24 hours after surgery. Follow-up was obtained by telephone communication with trainers or owners.

Results: Surgery was performed without complications on all horses. The 3 metallic buttons were clearly visible on the postoperative radiographic examination. No evidence of suture breakage was observed 24 hours postoperatively based on radiographs.

Conclusion: In other aspects, this technique is not very different from that originally described by Ducharme et al; it is an innovation that could offer some advantages to the surgeons and increase suture resistance to pullout from the thyroid cartilage. Our technique was used without complication in a small group of horses and return to performance may be similar to the original technique.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biocompatible Materials*
  • Horse Diseases / surgery*
  • Horses
  • Palate, Soft / pathology*
  • Palate, Soft / surgery
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Biocompatible Materials