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Posted on 01-07-2016
Vaginal Hyperplasia Surgery
Imagine suddenly discovering a large mass of tissue protruding from your pet's vulva. "What is that" would be a likely response! What looks like a possible tumor is most often a proliferation of the vaginal mucosa. Vaginal prolapse occurs when the tissue of the vaginal wall abnormally protrudes through the vaginal opening.
Meet Lucy...she is a beautiful pug who presented with quite a large prolapse showing some signs of necrosis. She had been on several courses of anti-biotics to see if the prolapse would correct itself. After 2 months of no change there were certain risks that required surgery to be considered as the next step. A prolapsed vaginal wall can cause the urethra to be blocked and cause a pet pain during urination and even a total blockage.
A prolapsed vaginal wall will initially look smooth and glistening but can become dry and develop fissures.
After Lucy was sedated and prepped for surgery one of the first steps is to place a catheter in the urethra. This is an important step for the doctor so that during surgery he is aware of the anatomy of the dog so as not to damage the urethra during the removal of the prolapse.
Before the prolapse is taken care of Lucy first undergoes a regular spay operation. Lucy's uterus is quite large and inflamed.
Once the uterus has been successfully removed and the abdominal cavity is sewn closed the prolapsed uterus can now be sectioned out.
The doctor must ensure that during the removal of the prolapse the urethra is not damaged in any way making this an intricate surgery.
Once the tissue has been removed the vaginal wall must be reconstructed through a number of sutures.
Finally the newly repaired vaginal wall can be placed back in the vulva.
Surgery is now complete and Lucy can start the healing process. The mass of tissue that was removed is examined. You can see where the mass was sectioned off of the vaginal wall.
Lucy was sent home to be monitored carefully and to come in for a recheck following recovery.
Ten days after surgery Lucy came in for her recheck appointment. Her owners report that she was doing quite well and much more playful again. Her incision on the back end looks great. She is urinating well which is a great sign that the urethra was not affected during surgery. It is so nice to see such a positive result!