Monday, November 22, 2010

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Features World-Class Davidson Surgery Center

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Features World-Class Davidson Surgery Center

Lexington, KY -November 22, 2010 - Hagyard Equine Medical Institute has been a leader in the equine veterinary practice since it opened in 1876. Each year they perform over 6,000 surgical procedures at Hagyard. As the oldest and largest equine hospital in the world, consistently delivers excellent results from both its medical practice and surgery areas.

The surgery department at Hagyard currently has three of the world's premier surgeons, including Dr. Michael A. Spirito, Dr. Robert Hunt and Dr. Dwayne H. Rodgerson, DVM, and, DVM.

Dr. Rodgerson is one of the countries leading experts on laparoscopic surgeries. Over many years, he has developed and perfected a special technique to view the horse's abdomen in the most minimally invasive way possible. This procedure still enables surgeons to closely examine areas such as the gastrointestinal tract, urinary system, genital tract, spleen, and liver with minor impacts to the horse.

Dr. Rodgerson has been a surgeon at Hagyard since 2002 and has enjoyed being a part of the talented team at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "Hagyard has been a leader in how surgery is done across the country," he explained. "Many techniques that are used at other surgery centers were developed here at Hagyard. Equine surgeons have found Hagyard's techniques to be very effective in regards to reproductive, colic, orthopedic and laparoscopic surgeries."

Hagyard Surgery specializes in:

* Abdominal Surgery
* Arthroscopic Surgery
* Emergency Care
* Lameness Evaluation
* Laparoscopic Surgery
* Obstetrics
* Orthopedic Surgery / Fracture Repair
* Reproductive Surgery
* Respiratory Surgery
* High Speed Treadmill
* Nuclear Scintigraphy

Hagyard Equine Medial Institute prides itself in the unique care that is given to each horse during surgery. In most situations, the veterinarians try to treat the horses as day cases. "We try and get them back to their normal routine as quickly as possible to reduce their level of stress," noted Dr. Rodgerson. "We perform our surgery very efficiently and the horses do not have to come in two or three days before surgery. They will hopefully come in that day and leave that afternoon. There are surgeries that involve longer stays, but we are always trying to get the horses home to their normal routine."

To aid in the excellent care that is received by each horse, the Surgery Department at Hagyard is equipped with digital radiology and nuclear scintigraphy systems. The Surgery Department also has an equine high-speed treadmill to aid in evaluating poor performance and lameness cases.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is proud to be a leader in equine surgery in both general and specialized surgical cases. The Surgery Department accepts major and minor cases, elective or emergency, on an inpatient or outpatient basis, and offers expertise in all areas, from soft tissue to orthopedic procedures.

About Hagyard Equine Medical Institute:

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, KY, was founded in 1876. The practice, which is located directly across from the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world and is known for its excellence in veterinary medicine. The Hagyard Sport Horse Program, a specialized department at the practice, serves the nation's top sport horse athletes and brings the same level of excellent care to high performance horses that the institute has provided for the race horse and breeding industries for decades. The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, ambulance and emergency services, and Hyperbaric Medicine. The practice has performed veterinary medicine for more than 134 years and is currently composed of over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.

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