In-hospital closed castration with primary closure of the skin
Castrations in the field are performed regularly, it is a very fast procedure and skin incisions are left open to drain. Closed castrations with primary skin closure have to be performed in a surgery theatre with optimal aseptic circumstances.
The surgical field is draped and surgeons wear gowns and sterile gloves. These are all precautions taken not to trap any infection into the incision as the layers are closed after removal of the testicles.
With this procedure, rare complications of castration like bleeding or eventration (herniation of intestine through the incision) are reduced to basically none. The sutures used are absorbable, are placed within the skin and do not need to be removed afterwards.
Hospital castrations with primary closure are a great choice for mature stallions or horses with an injury that have to be stabled or when you want your horse rapidly back into work after the procedure.
Lovely Buzz, the four year old Welsh Pony, visited Camden Equine Centre recently for an in-hospital castration. His owner opted for this procedure and is delighted with the experience. Buzz made a fast recovery back to his normal self with minimal aftercare required.
If you have questions about this procedure or wish to enquire about this procedure for your own stallion, please do not hesitate to contact the Camden Equine Centre.