Rosy Boa Surgery

Rosy Boa Surgery

Postby horridus » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:36 am

This rosy boa was given to me, it had retained ova and possibly babies, animal was going to be euthanized, but I offered to try and get the babies out and attempt to save her life. She was hibernated, which was probably not the best idea, and I fed her once trying to bulk her up before Surgery. We induced her with hydromorphone, acepromazine and isoflurane, I intubated and placed directly on a ventilator. We placed a doppler on her heart and could hear the heart beat throughout surgery. She was placed on heat support. The dystocia was very weird, there were three ectopic babies, basically attached to nothing, just free floating in the abdomen. A surgery that should have been about an hour, took four and a half hours. She recovered within an hour an went home on antibiotics and I also gave her some fluids. She did die three days later due to complications. This was a very unusual and frustrating case, but a lot was learned.
Great thanks to all involved, surgery was performed at www.vshsd.com by Dr Aiken and Dr Ganz, and thanks to Marcy for helping with the anesthesia

Here are the pics, they are not the best as I left my camera at home... IDIOT!!

Also, Bushviper, the surgeon that did this is keen to have a look at the eagle that has th busted legs... just needs the x rays

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Postby Q Ball » Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:20 am

Sorry to hear about the end result but thanx for the great pics.

Why would the snake retain the babies?
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Postby horridus » Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:26 am

dunno, but this was a CB coastal rosy boa and there were two from the same guy with the same problem and he says it happens quite a lot. They were 100%het for calico, so i think that there might be something going on between line breeding and medical problems.

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Postby froot » Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:41 am

Thanks for sharing Horridus, at least you guys tried.
Could these complications not come from hibernating gravid females?
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Postby horridus » Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:51 am

dunno.
I wanted to do the surgery sooner, but the owner said the problem resolved, which it did not, and even if i wanted to, i was in SA


dunno what we could have dont differently. Its not like they could have resorbed, there was another animal with the same problem that was left and died with out surgery, so its open to debate. We are keen to get an animal with a fixable problem, i am 1:2 at the moment. We saved the desert tortoise that had the bladder stone (and hatched 5 of the eggs from the spay), lost the Argus Monitor with the lame forelimbs and now this.


The cool thing is this would have been a $4k surgery that ended up costing me only $1k, which is worth every penny as it is a learning curve!


stay tuned, more to follow


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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:27 pm

Very excellent and informative post. I learned so much. Like the photos too! Thanks Don.
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Postby horridus » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:46 am

No problem, there is a page on my website, www.mfezi.com , Medical Procedures, where I document the medical procedures that I have done, I will try and keep it up to date, and only have herp procedures on there.

At my hospital I have been in on pace maker placement in dogs, back,chest, neck, brain and eye surgery on dogs and cats, and a bunch of other stuff, but I am a herp guy, so thats all that I think is cool.


Thursday we are ultrasounding one of my beaded lizards to see how accurate a layperson (me) and an expert (Specialist vet ) can be at ultrasound sexing... I will save the images and show you guys


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Postby Q Ball » Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:27 am

That could be very interesting, thanx Don.
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