Surgical Services

Our surgical team provides comprehensive care for a wide variety of conditions.  Most of the procedures we currently preform are elective in nature and include neurectomies, arthroscopy and upper airway surgeries.  We also offer emergency services for complicated wounds that may involve joints or tendons.  For a complete list of our surgical services please view our main surgical page.

Orthopedic surgery

– Arthroscopy

– Elective (“Chip” removal, OCD removal)

– Emergency (infected, open joints or tendon sheaths)

– Lower limb surgeries

-Neurectomies for foot lameness and Suspensory ligament lameness

– Spint bone removal

– Foal surgeries

– Angular limb deformities (“crooked leg”)

– Check ligament desmotomy

-Back surgeries (“Kissing Spine”)

– Interspinous Ligament Desmotomy

 

Soft Tissue surgery

– Complicated wound repair

-Upper Airway surgery

– Reproductive surgeries

– Cryptorchid castration

– Ovariectomy (“Spay”)

– Post-foaling injuries

– Dental and Sinus surgery

– Foal surgeries

– Hernia repair

– Bladder rupture

– Infected or patent umbilicus (“belly button” surgery)

– Mass removal and supportive therapies (chemotherapy, cryotherapy)

Standing Surgery

One of the main concerns surrounding surgical procedures on horses is the anesthetic event, particularly the recovery period. Although advances in equine anesthesia have made general anesthesia in horses increasingly safe, standing surgical procedures using sedation and local blocks and avoid general anesthesia are a desirable option in select cases. Horses that are systemically compromised, have preexisting injury that increases concerns about anesthetic recovery, or are simply too big to safely anesthetize for prolonged periods of time are good candidates for standing surgery. In some cases, standing surgery facilitates the procedure by taking advantage of gravity and allowing more accurate evaluation and manipulation of the anatomy of the horse. Contraindications for standing surgery include horses that simply cannot tolerate extensive manipulation without general anesthesia and any situation in which there is the potential for harm to the horse or veterinary team.  Some of the procedures that our surgical team at UEA will perform in standing horses include:

–          Palmar digital neurectomy

–          Oral extraction and repulsion of diseased teeth

–          Sinus surgery

–          Mass removal

–          Splint bone removal

–          Closure of the nephrosplenic space for recurrent displacement colic

–          Upper airway surgery

–          Laceration repair

Before making a final decision on whether to perform a procedure standing or using general anesthesia, our surgical team will conduct a thorough evaluation and will discuss all the possible options with you so that together we can make the best decision for your horse.

 

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