Presented in part at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Symposium, Chicago, IL, November 3–5, 2011.
Original Article – Clinical
Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Ovariectomy and Colpotomy in Standing Mares
Article first published online: 8 JAN 2013
© Copyright 2013 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 586–590, June 2013
How to Cite
Smith, S. E. and Devine, D. V. (2013), Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Ovariectomy and Colpotomy in Standing Mares. Veterinary Surgery, 42: 586–590. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01007.x
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 8 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: MAR 2012
- Manuscript Received: OCT 2011
To determine the feasibility of hand-assisted laparoscopic ovariectomy via colpotomy for bilateral ovariectomy in standing mares.
Mares (n = 21) aged 2–21 years, weighing 312–582 kg.
After a pilot study in 6 mares, the technique was used in 15 mares. Ovaries were identified and manipulated using 2 laparoscopic portals in the left paralumbar fossa. Transection and hemostasis of the ovarian pedicle was achieved using a LigaSure Atlas™ or chain écraseur. Ovaries were removed through a colpotomy by an assistant.
In 19 mares, both ovaries were successfully identified from the left portals whereas in 2 mares, laparoscopic portals in the right flank were needed to access the right ovary because the working length of the equipment was insufficient to reach the right side from the left portals.
Bilateral laparoscopic ovariectomy by means of 2 same-sided portals in combination with hand assistance via colpotomy is a technically feasible, safe, and effective technique in small- to average-sized mares.