A colic not responding to analgesics would be our main reason for performing abdominal surgery.
The cause of abdominal pain is almost always gut in origin and there are multiple causes varying from simple gaseous distension to conditions that require resection of devitalised intestine.
Some cases are horses belonging to our clients, but many are referrals from other practices in the area.
We have a high success rate with the vast majority being discharged home.
Clean efficient surgery is essential for a good outcome, as is all the team work involved during the surgery and the intensive aftercare.
Early intervention is the most important factor for ensuring survival.
Other reasons for abdominal surgery include emergency caesareans, some abdominal cryptorchids and other more obscure conditions.