Dr Thal has been doing colic surgery in this practice since 2000. Here are a few articles he has written about it.
This horse had colic surgery 12 hours prior and is feeling great. Colic surgery is expensive and stressful but it is the only option for horses with certain conditions. Those conditions must be diagnosed quickly and surgery must be done in a timely way for the best possible results.
And of course, horses are experts at traumatizing themselves. When they do, we can usually do a pretty good job putting them back together!