Laparoscopic Surgery

Our soft tissue team uses laparoscopic or 'keyhole' surgery to investigate and treat abdominal conditions in horses.

This is a preferred option in many cases due to its minimal invasiveness and quicker recovery rates.

Many procedures can be performed on sedated standing horses, which removes the risks associated with general anaesthesia.

Laparoscopic work at the equine hospital includes:

  • Exploratory laparoscopy e.g. chronic/recurrent colic.
  • Suspected abdominal masses.
  • Ovariectomy for removal of oversized pathological ovaries, e.g. granulosa cell tumours.
  • Bilateral ovariectomy in certain mares with behavioural problems.
  • Castration of cryptorchids (‘rigs’).
  • Closure of the nephrosplenic space.
  • Splenectomy.
  • Inguinal peritoneal flap hernioplasty.