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Horse Surgery

Our team understand what a daunting prospect horse surgery can be. In order to help you understand the procedure and to answer any questions you may have beforehand, admission appointments are arranged with one of our vets.

During this appointment, a member of our nursing team will take details about your horse’s normal management to reassure you that your horse will receive gold-standard care during their stay at Towcester Equine Vets. Our equine nurses are incredibly accommodating and are happy to follow your instructions about how you would like your horse to be cared for, including feeding routine, rugging, and grooming.

Many of our horse surgery procedures are carried by our own veterinary team at our Plum Park site. Procedures such as enucleations (removal of the eye), castrations, impinging dorsal spinous process resection (‘kissing spine’ surgery) and joint flushes are performed by our own veterinary team. More specialist procedures including orthopaedic surgeries – fracture fixations and arthroscopies, wind operations and sarcoid laser removal are completed by our visiting veterinary specialists. We have great links with surgeons, whom are specialists within their respective fields.

With the exception of horse colic surgeries, which are referred to a referral hospital, we are able to offer extensive surgical provision including emergency treatment of wounds and or traumatic injuries.

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Pre-surgery appointment

During this appointment, a member of our nursing team will take details about your horse’s normal management to reassure you that your horse will receive gold-standard care during their stay at Towcester Equine Vets. Our equine nurses are incredibly accommodating and are happy to follow your instructions about how you would like your horse to be cared for, including feeding routine, rugging, and grooming.

 

Equine surgical procedures we offer

Extensive surgical procedures can be performed either by our own vets or visiting veterinary specialists at our Plum Park clinic. Procedures performed are listed below, albeit not an exhaustive list. Please talk to one of our vets if you would like to find out more about a surgical procedure. Horses requiring colic surgery are sent to a referral level hospital for exploratory laparotomies.

Endoscopy

This technique is used in minimally invasive surgery to examine joints (arthroscopy), tendon sheaths (tenoscopy) and bursae (bursoscopy). The technique is used as both a diagnostic aid, enabling visualisation of the inside of a joint and in the treatment of joint disease, such as joint infections and the removal of bone chips in osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD). Our arthroscopic camera can be used in a variety of cases. Learn more about endoscopy.

Laparoscopy

This technique allows the surgeon to visualise the abdominal cavity in the standing horse, thereby eliminating the risks that a general anaesthetic surgery carries. Procedures using laparoscopy include abdominal rig castration, ovariectomy and intestinal biopsy.

Spinal surgery

We can complete resection of impinging dorsal spinous processes of the lumbar vertebrae in the back (commonly known as ‘kissing spines’) carried out as a standing surgical procedure. Following diagnosis, our vets will be able to talk you through the different medical and surgical options available for horses who have ‘kissing spines’ including bone resection and transection of the interspinous ligament.

Laser sarcoid surgery

Laser sarcoid removal is carried out by visiting veterinary surgeon Jeremy Kemp-Symonds who is a specialist in the field of skin cancers and tumours. With your consent, we can refer potential sarcoid cases to Jeremy for a second opinion, following which the most suitable treatment options can be discussed, including CO2 laser removal, electrochemotherapy and photodynamic therapy. Depending on the anatomical location of the sarcoids; laser removal can either be completed under standing sedation or under general anaesthetic at our Paulerspury clinic. For more information about sarcoid removal, visit: www.sarcoidsurgery.com

 

Our surgical facilities & care

Towcester Equine Vets have a specifically designed theatre with a state-of-the-art operating table and an arthroscopy tower to enable visualisation inside joints for both diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic pathology.

Our experienced vets monitor your horse closely throughout, with multi-parameter anaesthetic monitoring. Whilst recovery from general anaesthesia can involve risk; every care is taken to reduce this through sedative drugs and padded induction/recovery boxes and the ability to assist your horse’s recovery where required.

We can perform elective horse surgery procedures under general anaesthesia (including arthroscopic investigation), utilising the skill, experience, and knowledge of our external veterinary consultants.

Learn more about our horse surgery facilities and post-op care

 

Visiting your horse

You are welcome to visit your horse during their stay, both during the week and by prior arrangement at weekends. Please be aware that visitation is not permitted on the day of your horse’s surgery. In order to ensure that the vet team in on hand to meet with you during your visit, please make the reception team aware of your estimated time of arrival. Weekend visits need to be pre-arranged by the on-call duty vet.

 

For further information on horse surgery please speak with a member of our team.

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