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Laparoscopic‐Assisted Colpotomy for Ovariectomy in the Mare

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To describe a technique for ovariectomy through a colpotomy using a chain écraseur with laparoscopic guidance and report outcome in 4 mares.
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Case series.

After insertion of a laparoscope into the abdomen through the left flank, colpotomy was performed to allow introduction of an écraseur into the caudal aspect of the abdomen. Grasping and removal of the ovary and evaluation of the pedicle was observed via the laparoscope. The laparoscope was then inserted in the right flank for right ovariectomy. The colpotomy was closed in a continuous suture pattern using laparoscopic or long needle holders.

Insertion of a laparoscope allowed ready identification of the ovaries and capture within an écraseur, including assurance that no other tissues were contained within écraseur chain. The mesovarial pedicles were easily be examined for hemorrhage. Surgical time for ovariectomy was 10–15 minutes with no postsurgical complications. Closure of the colpotomy healed without complications.

Laparoscopic‐assisted écraseur ovariectomy is inexpensive, rapid, and a safe alternative to other methods of open and laparoscopic ovariectomy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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