Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Phallectomy

Synonym(s): partial penile amputation

Contributor(s): Ash Phipps , Neil Paton

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Introduction

  • Phellectomy is the surgical removal of the distal extremity of the penis, but the organ remains in the preputial cavity.
    • Often required in cases of neoplasia, traumatic damage, chronic paraphimosis and neurogenic disease, where other treatments have failed or are inadequate.
    • Some producers request the bulls have this procedure done to make “teaser” bulls to aid in the identification of cows/ heifers in estrus (an alternate procedure would be to have the bulls vasectomized Vasectomy).

Uses

Advantages

  • It is considered an acceptable salvage procedure for a number of bulls with traumatic injuries, neurogenic disease or neoplasia of the penile tissues.

Disadvantages

  • This procedure would mean the bull would no longer be able to serve (mate naturally) cows.
  • The procedure requires the bull to have a general anesthetic and be placed in dorsal recumbency (there is an anesthetic risk in larger animals).

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Fair to good.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Moll D & Munroe G (2017) Penis: phallectomy - Vinscot technique. Vetlexicon Equis, 2398-2977 Vetstream.
  • Vetstream (2017) Penis: phallectomy - Scott's technique. Vetlexicon Equis, 2398-2977 Vetstream.

Other sources of information

  • Easley J (2014) Standing Surgery, An Issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • Weaver A D, St Jean G & Steiner A (2013) Bovine Surgery and Lameness. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Fubini S L & Ducharme N (2004) Farm Animal Surgery. Elsevier Health Sciences, St Louis, Missouri, USA.


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