Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center

Surgical Center

The Alamo Pintado surgical center is equipped with a host of technological features that enhance our surgical capabilities while minimizing the risks of surgery and general anesthesia. The surgical procedure starts when the horse is brought into one our treatment rooms, where we place an intravenous catheter and make the preliminary preparations for surgery. As the horse is brought into one of our padded induction stalls, sedation is given to minimize their natural anxiety and nervousness. Once the horse is safely secured in the induction stall, the induction agents are given and the horse is gently lowered to the ground. With a use off the specially designed crane and trolley the anesthetized patient is swiftly transferred over to our surgery table. The table itself is heavily padded and features hydraulic controls that conform the table surface to maximize the comfort of our patient for the duration of the procedure.

The anesthesia machinery immediately comes into play as our staff anesthetist uses the equipment to take over the horse’s respiratory functions. State of the art equipment is used to monitor tissue oxygenation, anesthetic gas delivery, end-tidal CO2, direct arterial blood pressure, ECG activity, ventilation pressures and volumes, and blood gas analysis. All these values can be monitored and fine-tuned to the individual needs of each patient as they undergo surgery, thus minimizing the risks inherent to general anesthesia.

From our portable fluoroscope to our mobile CAT Scanner, we have the most technologically advanced surgical equipment and support available. Our operating theater is equipped to handle any elective or emergency surgical situation. From colic cases to long bone fractures, from hernia repairs to CAT scan studies of the equine head, arthroscopy to autologous bone marrow tendon injections, we provide our surgical patients with the ultimate in veterinary care that is the hallmark of Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center.