Our large theatre is state of the art and a lot of time, thought and money has gone into ensuring this.
The operating table is a sturdy air-filled one which looks after the horse’s muscles (muscle damage after surgery is a common complication with harder tables). A modern anaesthetic set up with a ventilator is present if necessary.
We have equipment and experience to perform many operations – arthroscopy (key hole joint surgery), hernias, rig operations, complicated wound closure to name but a few.
We also have specialists who visit our surgery to perform operations such as tie backs and hobdays. Most surgeries can be catered for.
For every surgical case we have at least one operating surgeon, one veterinary surgeon to perform the anaesthetic, and a theatre nurse. Initial anaesthesia and recovery occurs in our padded room where this can be monitored directly via viewing portals and also by CCTV. The horse is moved from the padded room to theatre by a dedicated, well maintained hoist.
The theatre, table and instruments are all cleaned and disinfected between operations. Obviously all instruments used in or on the horse are sterilised by vacuum autoclave. All staff in the theatre wear special scrub suits and boots.