Surgical Services

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Surgery Center

Should your horse need surgery, a Carolina Equine Hospital veterinarian will discuss surgical options with you, as well as what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Our surgical care and facilities are designed to reduce the stress on your horse throughout the process. 

The surgery center at Carolina Equine Hospital is equipped with the technology and equipment to support best practices in surgery and anesthesia. In addition to a modern surgical suite, our center includes padded induction and recovery stalls. 

Most procedures are offered on an outpatient basis, and some minor surgical procedures can be performed at your farm. Our veterinarians are also available 24-7 for emergency surgery needs. 

Surgical Procedures 

Carolina Equine Hospital offers a wide range of surgical procedures, including:

  • Castration (including cryptorchid)
  • Umbilical hernia repair  
  • Periosteal elevation surgery for limb deformities in foals
  • Ligament surgery for contracted joints
  • Enucleation (eye removal)
  • Various types of tumor removal
  • Laceration repair
  • Cryosurgery for tumor treatment.

Colic surgery is not performed at Carolina Equine Hospital. Most colic cases are referred to either NC State or Virginia Tech.

Discharge After Surgery

Upon discharge of your horse from our hospital, you will receive instructions about:

  • Frequency of bandage changes and materials to use
  • Ways to clean the wound
  • Duration and dosing of antibiotics or other anti-inflammatory medications
  • Expectations for healing 

If you are unsure about any of these instructions, be sure to discuss them with your veterinarian. In many cases, the vet will also visit your farm to change bandages and check on the surgical site a few times a week. If needed, they will modify discharge instructions and care guidance.

Are You Wondering If Your Horse Needs Surgery?

To discuss equine surgical needs with a member of our team, schedule an appointment today.


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