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Equine Surgical Cases

 

Many operations can be safely and effectively performed on horses under sedation and/or local anaesthetic, either at the owner's premises or at the surgery.

However, more major procedures do require the horse to be fully asleep. Subjecting a horse to a general anaesthetic  is not without some risk, and we therefore do everything possible to minimise the hazards. In all but the most exceptional circumstances, this requires the horse to come in to the surgery  (usually the day before the operation).

The practice has a padded 'knockdown' box in which horses can be safely anaesthetised . Once asleep, the patient is moved via an overhead gantry into our more sterile operating theatre, where it is lowered onto the equine operating table. The anaesthetised patient is closely monitored by one of the veterinary surgeons throughout its procedure. Following surgery, the horse is moved back to the padded box, where its recovery from the anaesthetic can be closely and safely monitored. Routine cases can usually be discharged the following day, although cases requiring aggressive follow up therapy will need to be kept longer.

We are able to perform a wide range of routine surgical procedures, but may refer some cases to specialists to maximise the chances of a successful outcome eg. with some complex orthopaedic cases or surgical colics.

A team member assisting with the anaesthesia of a horse during  surgery.

 

Debbie (one of our Vets) waiting for this horse to come round from its anaesthetic. Recovery takes place in the padded box to minimise the risks to the patient.