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We offer elective surgery to remove cutaneous (skin) masses and submit them for histopathology testing. This testing is recommended because it not only determines the type of mass present but if the lesion is likely to reoccur or spread. Many masses can be removed under heavy sedation while standing, but depending on location, size, and patient demeanor, if general anesthesia is recommended, we have a surgical suite and recovery room available.
Enucleation, or removal of the eye and some surrounding structures, is usually performed due to persistent eye disease unresponsive to medical therapy causing pain associated with the eye. This procedure can be performed under general anesthesia (down and asleep) or standing. Due to the risk of recovery in any case of general anesthesia, many enucleations are performed standing under heavy sedation and local anesthesia (nerve blocking). The eyelids are sutured and the globe is dissected out of the orbit (socket) and the area is sutured closed. Although the area is often swollen initially, a pressure bandage is applied for several days and the patient is kept on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.
Hernias are weakened or thinned areas of body wall that can allow pieces of intestine to protrude under the skin on the abdomen or in the scrotum of male horses. The most common type of hernias in horses occur on the ventral (bottom) portion of the abdomen at the site of the umbilicus (belly button). If large enough, these hernias can pose a risk of strangulating the intestine or increasing in size due to the weight of the gastrointestinal tract as the horse grows. Mild umbilical hernias may resolve without surgery but if needed, we do provide elective surgery to close body wall hernias at our clinic. The horse is put under general anesthesia (down and asleep). An incision is made through the skin and the body wall is sewn closed and the skin is sutured. Once the horse wakes up he/she is usually sent home the following day on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.
A neurectomy is a surgical procedure in which the nerves that innervate the foot are removed. This surgical procedure is only performed after medical treatments have not improved lameness, and the issue is confirmed to be in the foot. This procedure can be performed while the horse is standing or under general anesthesia.
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I just want to send out a most heartfelt thanks to Dr.Carter and his amazing staff! They are truly one of a kind! They have done just a wonderful job taking care of Kelly! The love and attention to her is so appreciated! God Bless all of them.