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Penis/hemipenile amputation

Jreptile

Introduction

  • Treatment option of choice for recurrent, infected, or necrotic prolapses of the copulatory organ in reptiles. The reptile penis and hemipenes do not contain a urethra and are therefore not involved in urination.
  • The patient must be stabilized pre-operatively and underlying cause of prolapse investigated and resolved Cloacal organ prolapse.

Uses

Advantages

  • Technically easy procedure requiring a short general anesthetic.

Disadvantages

  • Requires a general anesthetic.
  • Excludes animals from breeding programs. Animals with hemipenes such as snakes and lizards will still be able to reproduce.

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

  • Good.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Hedley J (2020) Ed. BSAVA Small Animal Formulary. Part B: Exotic Pets. 10th edn. BSAVA, UK.
  • Divers S J (2019) Surgery: Principles and Techniques. In: BSAVA Manual of Reptiles. 3rd edn. Ed: Girling S J & Raiti P. BSAVA, UK. pp 220.
  • Stahl S S & DeNardo D F (2019) Theriogenology. In: Mader’s Reptile and Amphibian Medicine and Surgery. 3rd edn. Ed: Divers S J & Stahl S J. Elsevier, USA. pp 878-879.

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