Upper airway disease is a common performance-limiting problem in equine athletes. The signal may be respiratory noise but silent obstructions can also occur.


Our experts can completely evaluate airway function using medical tests and the following procedures.

  • Video endoscopy and radiography are the mainstay of upper airway diagnosis, but many conditions manifest only during exercise. Our experts use dynamic endoscopy to perform video endoscopy in the horse’s natural environment.
  • Digital ultrasound also reveals the structure of the laryngeal cartilages, which affects respiratory function.


We offer conventional and laser surgery procedures to help address laryngeal hemiplegia (roaring), dorsal displacement of the soft palate, epiglottic entrapment, and arytenoid chondritis.

Advantages of laser surgery for treating airway disorders

  • Surgical Lasers are more versatile than a scalpel. Surgical lasers deliver light or heat to incise, coagulate, or vaporize tissue. Laser surgical sites bleed and swell less than conventional surgical wounds.
  • The diode laser can be utilized with a video endoscope for upper airway surgery.
  • Surgical procedures performed with lasers can often be performed on standing horses on an outpatient basis. The surgery is all done through the nostril leaving no external wound.