Surgery

We have modern facilities and many years of experience performing surgeries on horses.

Surgery

Our surgery facility consists of a large operating theatre and a supply/preparation room. The operating theatre is linked to a padded recovery room and there is  an overhead electronic rail for lifting horses between the rooms. 


The surgery facility is fully equipped with some of the most advanced technology available for equine surgery and general anaesthesia. For arthroscopic and laparoscopic procedures, a networked digital capture system is used to take and store images and videos during surgery.


There is a separate surgery preparation room which is used to prepare horses for surgery before they enter the induction room. Access to the surgery suite is restricted to authorised personnel for biosecurity reasons and meticulous cleaning with weekly bacterial screening of surfaces is performed to ensure that the facility remains as clean as possible.


Common surgeries we perform at our hospital include:

· Arthroscopy (keyhole of joints)

· Tenoscopy (keyhole of tendon sheaths)

· Bursoscopy of the navicular bursae

· PDS pinning for the treatment of OCD

· Fracture repair

· Neurectomy

· Colic surgery


Upper respiratory problems, including:

· Hobday

· Tie back

· Tie forward


Routine surgical treatments undertaken are:

· Castration

· Treatment for sarcoids

· Treatment for rigg (cryptorchid)

· Correction of angular limb deformity in foals



Standing Surgery

With the development of equine sedation, more and more equine surgeries are undertaken whilst the horse is standing. Common standing procedures we undertake include:


· Foot surgery, including keratoma, infected pedal bone and treatment of white line disease

· Laser treatment of sarcoids

· Laser Hob Day surgery

· Dental treatment including fillings, extractions and diastemata treatment


Did you know? In the course of any year, we undertake over 125 general anaesthetics.

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