Respiratory tract Surgery

Upper respiratory tract disorders can cause respiratory noise and poor performance amongst other clinical signs. Diagnosing the problem can be difficult and involves placing a camera into the horse’s nose to observe the larynx at rest and during exercise. Once a diagnosis is reached, an appropriate surgical treatment can be offered. Other diagnostic tools (e.g. ultrasound and radiography) may be required for definitive diagnosis.

Due to recent advances in technology, a number of upper respiratory tract procedures can now be performed with the horse sedated but conscious using local anaesthetic. This eliminates the potential risks associated with placing a horse under general anaesthesia.