Rainland Farm Equine Clinic is a fully equipped surgical facility with a dedicated surgery room, gas anesthesia, and padded stall for recovery from anesthesia. Surgical services include arthroscopy, general orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, dental surgery and a full range of routine and emergency procedures. Both Dr. Fleck and Dr. McCracken have extensive surgical experience and training.
Anesthesia is achieved with inhaled gases and controlled positive ventilation with heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels monitored to ensure patient safety. The surgery suite includes a separate padded induction and recovery room. Fractures, colic, breeding/foaling problems and respiratory issues frequently require surgical intervention and are routinely addressed by our doctors and staff.
Arthroscopy involves the use of a small camera that is inserted into the joint through a one centimeter incision. This surgical technique enables Rainland Farm's surgeons to perform minimally invasive joint surgery, thus limiting post-operative complications. Arthroscopy is used to remove OCD fragments and small chip fractures from equine joints. It is also used in horses with a wound that enters a joint or an infected joint to remove foreign material such as wood fragments and to thoroughly flush the joint to control infection. In addition to the standard size arthroscope we also have a needle arthroscope to allow evaluation of very small structures such as the navicular bursa
CO2 and Diode Lasers
CO2 and Diode Lasers are used for a variety of therapeutic purposes, effectively treating skin tumors, assorted wounds, and tissue granulation. The laser seals lymphatic and nerves, which means incisions are clean and generally bloodless, with less pain and swelling.
Our in-house laboratory rivals a human hospital in its capabilities. Blood counts looking for infections, chemistries examining internal organ functions, electrolyte values, cultures of body fluids, semen evaluations (counts, morphology, viability, culture) are some of what can be done quickly and correctly.