Equine Surgical Services
Cosmetic Repair/Growth Removal
Dr. Winter takes pride in his
surgical abilities. He is very skilled at suturing wounds
and fixing minor defects. He often says, “I should have been
a plastic surgeon”. There are a million reasons repairs are
needed. Such as: a fresh injury, an old injury that was not
properly cared for, or a growth/abnormality that is
cosmetically unpleasant. Fresh injuries should be addressed
as soon as possible to ensure the best results. If a wound
is over 24 hours old, it is more difficult to repair and may
take longer to heal. Dr. Winter will perform an exam and
discuss treatment options.
Gelding of stallions, or as
Dr. Winter calls it, “Brain Surgery”, can be performed on
your farm or at CVS. A palpation is performed to confirm
that both testicles have descended. The horse is given a
sedative mixture, antibiotic injection and a tetanus
vaccination (if not current). Dr. Winter prefers to do a
standing castration, because he feels it is safer and easier
for the horse. The complete procedure takes about 30
minutes. Post castration, owners need to monitor the
incision site for abnormal swelling or discoloration. We
recommend giving bute to help reduce pain and inflammation.
CVS recommends exercising your horse twice daily for ten
days. We will provide you with a post care instruction
Scrapes and Lacerations
Horses are fight or flight
animals that are notorious for injuring themselves. There
are many types of wounds — from abrasions and bruises to
puncture wounds and lacerations. Proper care after the wound
occurs will make a difference in how quickly it heals, and
whether it may become career-ending or life-threatening.
Wounds that are more than a
day old may not be able to be sutured because of
contamination or dead/damaged tissue. There are differences
between contaminated wounds and infected wounds.
Contaminated wounds can be
cleaned to wash away germs and dirt from the surface.
Infected wounds have had time
for the bacteria to penetrate the tissue and multiply.
Cold water is helpful in
cleaning wounds. It sooths, reduces pain and swelling and
flushes foreign material away. For dirty wounds, add a small
amount of iodine to warm water and sponge it on the area.
This helps to remove contaminates. To aid in the healing
process, it is important to keep the wound clean and moist.
Lower leg injuries are more
serious than they appear because there is no muscle to
buffer the tendons and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries can
affect the future soundness and use of the horse. If unsure
about the severity of any cut or injury, we advise you call
and schedule an appointment to have Dr. Winter examine the
Navel Hernia Repair
hernia is defined as a "protrusion of an organ or tissue
through an abnormal opening." During the development of the
fetus, the abdominal wall surrounding the umbilicus is one
of the last areas of the body wall to close. If the body
wall does not completely close, a navel hernia may develop.
Foals can be born with an umbilical hernia, or it may
develop within the first week. Hernias may increase in size,
and once they become too enlarged, it becomes difficult to
repair them. If the intestine is within the hernia,
digestive problems and damage may occur, resulting in colic.
As soon as a hernia is detected, it’s recommended that Dr.
Winter examine the foal.