Orthopaedic horse surgery focuses on diagnostic and therapeutic arthroscopy, bursoscopy
and tenoscopy, and more and more on osteosynthesis.
The focus of the soft tissue surgery centre for horses is on colic surgery and
emergency surgery in case of injuries. In addition, castrations, surgical interventions on foals
(umbilical hernia, urinary bladder rupture), the removal of tumours and various methods of laryngeal
surgery are routinely carried out. Rarely, caesarean sections are also performed.
The diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders, lameness, limb malpositions, back pain and ease of
riding problems are a major focus of equine medicine. In addition to clinical examinations, the Altano
Gruppe clinics use modern imaging diagnostics and a wide range of established and innovative forms of
therapy. In addition to orthopaedic surgery, joint and tendon injections and hoof correction/orthopaedic
shoeing, regenerative medicine (IRAP, PRP, stem cell therapy) is increasingly being used.
The clinical examination is supplemented by various imaging procedures. The main focus is on x-ray
examination to visualise bony structures and ultrasonography, which can be
used to visualise soft tissue structures such as tendons, tendon sheaths and ligaments as well as bone
surfaces, joint areas and cartilage layers. In the case of unclear clinical findings and areas that are
difficult to access radiographically (spinal column, pelvis), scintigraphy can be used
to determine increased metabolic activity and inflammation focal points on the bones.
Endoscopy is mainly used in the diagnosis of the upper and lower respiratory tract
(laryngoscopy, air sac endoscopy, bronchoscopy) and for gastroscopy. It is also used in dentistry and
gynaecology. Computed tomography is a sectional imaging technique based on X-rays. It
is used to examine bony structures of the head, e.g. in dentistry and in diseases of the limbs and
cervical spine. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the newest diagnostic
procedures in equine medicine. It enables the visualisation of the soft tissue composition of the lower
limbs of a standing horse.
The national and international purchase examinations include an extensive clinical and standard X-ray
examination as well as supplementary further examinations (ultrasonography, endoscopy, laboratory
examinations, medication examinations). In addition, the Altano Gruppe clinics are responsible for
auctions and examinations for breed certifications in various German breeding regions.
Internal medicine focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and therapy of colic, cardiovascular and
respiratory diseases, as well as sports and foal medicine, geriatrics and skin, metabolism and immune
diseases. In addition to clinical examinations, the Altano Gruppe clinics also have access to advanced
imaging diagnostics and state-of-the-art laboratory diagnostics.
Intensive care medicine
Modern equipped intensive care areas offer the possibility of intensive medical care for colic patients,
internal medical emergencies (e.g. acute organ failure) as well as injured horses and new-born foals
24/7. Patients can be regularly examined clinically and diagnostically using a laboratory. Individual
therapy measures guarantee optimal care for intensive care patients.
Specialised ophthalmologic centres enable early diagnosis and therapy of eye diseases in horses. In
addition to conservative therapy with eye ointments at continuous intervals, surgical interventions are
performed under general anaesthesia (e.g. vitrectomy, conjunctival flap) and numerous operations are
performed while standing under sedation and local anaesthesia (e.g. removal of the eyeball, intraocular
The dental treatment departments are equipped with digital mouth and sinus endoscopes, a high-pressure
rinsing and compressed air system for cleaning teeth, as well as state-of-the-art tools for dental
treatment and extraction. In addition to routine outpatient or inpatient dental care, surgical
procedures such as incisor and molar tooth extractions on standing horses and periodontal treatment can
Reproductive medicine deals with the reproduction of the horse. It includes gynaecology (cycle
diagnostics, fertility and pregnancy disorders, rideability problems), andrology (breeding suitability
examination of the stallion, spermatological examination) and biotechnology (artificial insemination
with fresh and frozen semen, embryo transfer, ovum pick).
In addition to orthodox medicine, various alternative treatment methods (chiropractic, physiotherapy,
acupuncture, homoeopathy) are used to support healing.