Virginia Tech Equine Hospital Offers Laparoscopic Ovariectomies

Combining their surgical expertise with state-of-the-art laparoscopic equipment, veterinary specialists at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center have been able to remove certain mares’ ovaries in a surgical procedure

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Combining their surgical expertise with state-of-the-art laparoscopic equipment, veterinary specialists at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center have been able to remove certain mares’ ovaries in a surgical procedure that’s less invasive, requires less anesthesia, less hospitalization, and less recovery time.

This procedure is known as a laparoscopic ovariectomy, and it is performed at the center with Ligasure, a medical device that allows the surgeons to remove an ovary efficiently, and with almost no risk of bleeding.

"About half the time, we perform this type of procedure because it’s medically necessary," noted James Brown, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a third year resident at the center. "These are the cases that involve a medical problem, such as an ovarian tumor. For the remainder of the cases we see, the procedure is considered elective. For those patients, the owners are looking to resolve a behavioral problem the mare has–or permanently disallow her from being able to breed."

Within just a few months recently, very different circumstances brought two patients needing ovariectomies to the center for treatment by Norris Adams, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, an equine medical center faculty member, who worked on these patients with Brown’s assistance

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