Blaircourt Equine Clinic have the facilities to perform most surgical procedures on your horse. We are very lucky to have close relations with a number of internationally renowned equine surgeons here in the south-east. These surgeons are happy to attend our clinic and perform complex surgeries, and thus avoid long transportation of horses.
The most common procedures involve orthopaedics (lameness) – arthroscopic (“key-hole”) surgery is performed regularly by, amongst others, Professor Roger Smith from the Royal Veterinary College. Other procedures undertaken include neurectomies, wound debridements and suturing, splint fracture removals and dental and sinus surgery.
At the Clinic we have a dedicated padded anaesthetic induction/recovery room and adjacent specialist theatre. Our Haico anaesthetic table is modern, padded and operated hydraulically in order to be able to best position the patient during surgery.
Occasionally, we may come across a case that requires specialist surgery in a referral hospital, and as we always put the horse’s best interests first, we will occasionally refer these cases to a specialist referral centre for surgery and dedicated 24-hour care. Colic is one such disease that warrants around-the-clock monitoring, with the added need of being able to operate at a moment’s notice should the need arise. It is our opinion that such surgeries should be carried out by those who perform these procedures on a regular basis to ensure the highest chance of survival. It is a well-known fact that survival rates for colic surgery are higher in specialist referral centres. To this end we have developed a very good relationship with amongst others, the Royal Veterinary College at Potters Bar, and Rossdales and Partners in Newmarket.