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Traditional ovariectomy techniques for heifers (e.g. colpotomy) have adverse effects ranging from hemorrhage to mortality. Electrosurgical bipolar vessel sealing devices offer a superior ligation of ovarian pedicle and associated structures. In ruminants, standing flank laparotomy has been used for abdominal visibility. We performed ovariectomy in 2 companion beef heifers via a unilateral flank approach, combined with electrosurgical ligation. Surgeries were performed in standing animals, under local anesthesia, with no observed short- or long-term adverse effects. This technique is worth considering for cases where the security of electrosurgical ligation combined with the accessibility of a flank laparotomy are desired. Additional research is needed to determine the viability of the technique for cattle of various ages and breeds.
Joe Smith, Guillermo Salazar, Ciara Peace, Jeff Olivarez, Katie Vermeulen, Kelley Black, Camille Guss, Dane Tatarniuk, Tyler Dohlman, Caitlin Wiley. Use of an electrosurgical vessel-sealing device for standing flank ovariectomy in heifers: Technical description and a case report. Clinical Theriogenology, 13(1); March 2021, p 60-67.