Problems that require surgical correction in the horse range from simple procedures that can be easily done in the field (say, removing a skin tumor), to major orthopedic and abdominal procedures that require advanced equipment and hospitalization. With proper training, even some surprisingly complicated surgeries can be performed without having to move the horse from his surroundings. Obviously, your veterinarian is the person best suited to perform even the simplest surgical procedure; he or she will have the equipment and training needed to help ensure a successful outcome.
Surgery can be curative, and in some circumstances, it can save your horse’s life. Unfortunately, some conditions are inoperable; the damage to the horse may be so severe that even the best surgeon can’t fix it. By working with your veterinarian, and/or the surgeon to whom you are referred, you will give your horse the best chance at making a full recovery.
The American College of Veterinary Surgeons describes many commonly performed surgical procedures in detail. Click on the names of the procedures, below, for some terrific information.