What is involved in hernia surgery?

I recently bought an 8 month old QH colt. He is in poor shape overall. Slightly underweight but with a big abdomen. I am planning to worm him right away. He has a hernia slighly smaller than the size of my fist. I consulted the vet before buying him and was told ...I recently bought an 8 month old QH colt. He is in poor shape overall. Slightly underweight but with a big abdomen. I am planning to worm him right away. He has a hernia slighly smaller than the size of my fist. I consulted the vet before buying him and was told ...

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

I recently bought an 8 month old QH colt. He is in poor shape overall. Slightly underweight but with a big abdomen. I am planning to worm him right away. He has a hernia slighly smaller than the size of my fist. I consulted the vet before buying him and was told hernias are not usually a problem, many times you can push them back in and he could have surgery if needed. However, I have also been told by 2 other people that they had foals die from hernias. How much of a risk is a hernia? How long can I wait till having surgery on him? What is involved in hernia surgery? Should I have him gelded at the same time?

Traci

Traci,

You can have surgery on your colt now and have him castrated at the same time. While all surgeries have the potential for something to go wrong most hernia surgeries go well. The sugary will involve incising the skin, pushing the sack of the hernia back into the abdomen and closing the incision. Your vet will most likely put him on antibiotics and pain medication for a few days.

Good Luck,
Dr. Lowder