Over three hundred surgeries a year are carried out at Bourton Vale Equine Clinic by our experienced equine surgeons.
It is well known in the equine industry that because of their size and temperament, horses are not ideal candidates for general anaesthesia. Whenever possible we perform surgery on the standing horse under heavy sedation.
With advances in drugs and techniques over recent years almost twenty five percent of surgeries at Bourton Vale Equine Clinic are now performed in this way. Such surgeries include dental and sinus conditions, operations on the back, fracture repairs and laparoscopy.
For elective surgery requiring general anaesthesia we prefer the horse to come to the clinic the day before surgery. This allows us time to assess the animal and prepare the surgery site, helping to reduce anaesthesia time on the day of surgery.
Horses awake from general anaesthesia in a quiet padded box. We employ a rope recovery system when the horse first stands after anaesthesia in order to help reduce the risk of self injury. When under general anaesthesia we try to keep the depth of anaesthesia to a minimum and take care in positioning the horse on the table in order to reduce the chances of any muscle compression injuries.
To find out more about the different types of surgery we perform at Bourton Vale Equine Clinic, please browse this section of the website.