Umbilical herniorrhaphy, or surgical closure of an umbilical hernia, is performed with the horse under general anesthesia and on its back. The small amount of excess skin over the bulge is removed, and the edges of the body wall along the hole are sutured together. (See diagram to right.)
The skin is then sutured closed. Post-operatively, horses are stall-confined and treated with oral antibiotics and phenylbutazone for several days. Turnout and exercise restrictions depend on the size of the hernia. The larger the hernia, the more exercise restrictions will be required to allow the body wall to heal properly. Complications from umbilical herniorrhaphy are very rare.
Dental & Sinus Surgery
Rhinebeck Equine is equipped to perform a wide variety of general soft tissue surgical procedures, from simple conditions which can be addressed in the standing, sedated horse using local anesthesia to more complex conditions which require general anesthesia and intensive post-operative medical care.
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