Here are some excerpts from an AP story regarding Barbaro and his surgery.
This was published in the Houston Chronicle and the article, in it's entirety, can be viewed by following this link:
Derby winner Barbaro undergoes surgery
The story was written by Richard Rosenblatt, who is the AP Racing Writer.
["You do not see this severe injury frequently because the fact is most horses that suffer this typically are put down on the race track," said (Dr. Dean) Richardson, the chief of surgery for the center. "This is rare."
"It's about as bad as it could be," he added. "The main thing going for the horse is a report that his skin was not broken at the time of injury. It's a testament to the care given to the team of doctors on the track and (jockey) Mr. Prado on the racetrack." ....
Richardson outlined Barbaro's medical problems: a broken cannon bone above the ankle, a broken sesamoid bone behind the ankle and a broken long pastern bone below the ankle. The fetlock joint — the ankle — was dislocated.
"The aspects of the surgery will be dictated slightly by what we find," Richardson said. "But the bottom line is we will attempt to perform a fusion of that joint and to stabilize it and make it comfortable enough for him to walk on." .....
Tucked away on a sprawling, lush 650-acre campus in Chester County, the New Bolton Center is widely considered the top hospital for horses in the mid-Atlantic region. The center is renowned for its specialized care, especially on animals needing complicated surgery on bone injuries.]