Equine Surgery and Lameness

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The Equine Surgery and Lameness Service offers a wide range of soft tissue and orthopedic diagnostic, surgical and other therapeutic options for horses, including lameness evaluation and diagnosis, general surgical procedures, minimally-invasive surgery, general and advanced orthopedic surgery and advanced fracture repair.

Our surgical faculty and resident veterinarians carefully evaluate each patient before providing a diagnosis and plan for treating the problem. If surgery is judged to be the best option, we provide the most advanced surgical techniques available, including minimally-invasive approaches such as arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, endoscopic laser surgery and lithotripsy. In addition, we use regenerative medicine techniques (stem cells, bioscaffolds, stromal vascular fraction, platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate) for treating soft tissue and orthopedic injuries and joint disease. Decisions regarding the surgical approach and techniques to be used—whether traditional or minimally invasive—are always made with the goal of optimizing patient outcome.

General surgical procedures are offered for oncology, dentistry and sinus conditions, upper respiratory disorders, and conditions involving the skin, abdominal, thoracic, reproductive and lower respiratory systems of horses. Case management is optimized by having direct communication and consultation with respective specialty services to provide the most comprehensive care for all surgical disorders.