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OVAROHYSTERECTOMY - (The Female Desex Operation)

female pet desexing by vetAll veterinary clinics perform this surgery differently. At Erina Heights Veterinary Hospital, this is how we carry out this major surgery:

  • Once admitted, our patient is examined. She is given both a tranquillizer and a narcotic analgesic by intramuscular injection, based on our examination and known history of the patient.

  • When she is sleepy, she is given an intravenous injection to rapidly place her in general anaesthesia level.

  • An endotracheal tube is placed into her windpipe to provide 100% oxygen during the surgery and to deliver the safest gas anaesthetic to her lungs (called isoflurane) via a gas vapourizer. Warmth is provided by a thermostatically controlled heating unit inbuilt into the surgery table.

  • The surgery site is shaved and prepared for sterile surgery using three different chemical antiseptic preparations.

  • The surgeon does a surgical scrub of his hands/arms and dons surgical gloves/gown.

  • For every surgery an autoclaved surgical pack containing instruments and waterproof drape are used.

  • A qualified assistant closely monitors mucous membrane colour, respiratory rate and depth, heart rate and pulse quality, and the oxygen concentration in the blood using a Nelcor pulse oximeter, and Apalert respiratory monitor. Blood pressure is read every five minutes; and an ECG runs continuously in at risk patients. Intravenous fluids are used on EVERY patient undergoing general anaesthesia.

  • The skin is incised in the midline at the navel level. Ovaries and uterus are removed after careful ligation of the blood supply to these organs.

  • The muscle layer, subcutaneous fat and skin layer are closed in three separate layers using individual sterile packeted sutures.

  • Finally, the skin is sutured with an intradermal technique; where the sutures are internal and dissolving, which solves the problem of the patient chewing at sutures when at home.

  • The analgesic effect of the initial narcotic is complemented with an injection of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent.

  • The patient is placed in a warmed recovery cage with close observation until she wakens within 15-30 minutes.

  • Your pet is usually discharged later the same day (or left until the following day if desired) with analgesic tablets to be given over the following few days.

* The fee for this surgery reflects the provision of the high standard of care, equipment, anaesthesia and surgical expertise. We will not try to meet the fee charged by those who provide inadequate anaesthetic monitoring, intramuscular anaesthetic (no intubation for oxygen administration), inferior sutures (including catgut and nylon on multiuse cassettes), and no preop or postop analgesia with either injectible non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or narcotic drugs.