The dorsal plate was subsequently removed and the the surgery site flushed and carefully curetted. The animal was kept in a stall with the limb bandaged and gradually the exercise load could be increased. Some minor draining persisted.
At 8 months bone had sufficiently healed to allow removal of the second plate. The persistent minimal draining ceased within a week after removal of the second plate. After removal of the skin sutures ten days postoperatively, the animal was turned out in a pasture.