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Equine Surgery & Lameness
We provide diagnostic and therapeutic expertise in equine lameness and surgery.
 
Our capabilities include:
 
  • In-depth lameness examinations:
    Our covered lameness examination area, exercise arena, and a high-speed treadmill allow us to thoroughly evaluate lameness and performance problems.
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  • Imaging including digital radiology, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI evaluation of the lower limbs, and CT scans of lower limbs, neck, and head.
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  • Endoscopy:
    Endoscopy is a diagnostic tool that uses fiber optics to directly visualize areas of the body such as the upper airway and respiratory tract. This safe, non-surgical, minimally invasive approach may require sedation. Other surgical techniques that use the endoscope are arthroscopy (for visualizing joint disease and its repair), laparoscopy, and laser surgery.
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  • Laser surgery
    Lasers are used to remove skin masses, including sarcoids, melanomas, and other skin tumors; wound management; and upper airway surgery.
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  • Expertise in arthroscopic, orthopaedic, soft tissue, laparoscopic, and reconstructive surgery.
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  • In-house farrier services or consultation with your farrier to provide corrective shoeing support.
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  • Fracture repair:
    Our fracture repair capabilities include an ASIF locking plate system for fixation, floroscopic guided imaging, advanced rope recovery system, post-surgery pain management protocol, and farrier-assisted support limb laminitis prevention program.

Why Might My Horse Visit Surgery & Lameness?

We can provide treatment, diagnosis, and expertise in a wide array of surgical and lameness issues. The following are some common examples of why patients visit our service:
 
  • Lameness (difficulty or inability to move) or painful movement
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  • Prepurchase examinations
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  • Poor performance/exercise intolerance
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  • Laminitis (disease of the hoof, acute or chronic)
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  • Shoeing assessment
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  • Fracture assessment and repair
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  • Cast application and removal
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  • Upper airway disease
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  • Reproductive surgery
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  • Wound assessment and repair
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  • Castration, including cryptorchid castration of non-decended testes, or ovarioectomy
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  • Soft tissue injury to the muscles or ligaments
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  • Dental extraction
The equine medicine and surgery team at the Colorado State University veterinary teaching hospital
 

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Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

Phone:
​(970) 297-5000

Fax:
(970) 297-1205

Equine Emergencies:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
(970) 297-5000
 
Equine Internal Medicine Appointments
Scheduled Outpatient Appointments:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 297-4472
 
Surgery & Lameness Appointments
Scheduled Surgical & Lameness Outpatients:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 297-4472