Spot's surgery

10 years 10 months ago #17305 by fishlady
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We have the full video which shows how the fish is anesthetized. I just pulled out clips for the Utube video so it wouldn't be so long. I think we can make the video available to the club's library. There are a lot of explanations in the full version.

There is a tube in his mouth that you can't see very well in the clip I posted. No danger of water getting in his lungs. It flows out over his gills. The drug that is putting him out is also mixed with the water. The vet said he can stay out of water for hours this way as long as he is kept moist.

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10 years 10 months ago #17302 by sawboy2
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That is one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time.  How do they keep the fish "breathing"?  It's not like a mammal where you can intubate thru the trachea...........  My understanding of gills is that water passes over them and oxygen is absorbed into the blood.  How is this duplicated on the table?  Is there a small flow being passed over the gills?  Is the fish anesthetized in some way?  Man I seriously need detaile on this!   :o :o :o :o :o


And just a side note.  When bringing up the first vid,  youtube shows "related videos".  One is of my car racing at Union Grove.  No idea how that relates to goldfish surgery,  but I thought it was funny.

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10 years 10 months ago #17293 by fishlady
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Its 5 days post surgery. Spot gets his daily antibiotic injection, he gives us a quick look at his sutures and he's up and swimming.

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10 years 10 months ago #17172 by
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Is this your first fish surgery.  Think what vets could do now when you feed your fish too much and they float up, or have swim blatter issues.

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10 years 10 months ago #17159 by fishlady
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Its been three days since the surgery. Earlier today, Spot seemed much improved and was able to swim around fairly normally. However, after dinner,  he became disoriented and although he is not floating at the surface, he is belly up.

Tomorrow, he'll be aspirated again since he seems to have air trapped in his abdominal cavity and we'll see if he can right himself. He's been up-side-down for so long, perhaps he thinks this is normal.

No scar yet just his stitches. They are supposed to be self-absorbing but Mark thinks he may pull them out once the opening is healed. I'll try to get pictures or more video.

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10 years 10 months ago #17148 by
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How many days has it been from the surgery now?  Does it look look good, can you see a scar?

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10 years 10 months ago #17129 by kali
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We don't expect full recovery but his becoming a bottom sitter is better than putting him down. Today he was able to chase down some sinking pellets. His first couple feedings after the surgery, I had to guide him around like a vacuum cleaner sucking up food. I am becoming hopeful he'll recover enough to return with his tank mates and be able to compete for food.

sorry to ask but is he ever swim normal again?

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10 years 10 months ago #17128 by fishlady
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We don't expect full recovery but his becoming a bottom sitter is better than putting him down. Today he was able to chase down some sinking pellets. His first couple feedings after the surgery, I had to guide him around like a vacuum cleaner sucking up food. I am becoming hopeful he'll recover enough to return with his tank mates and be able to compete for food.

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10 years 10 months ago #17117 by wilpir
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I've seen that done before,  like Sam said on Koi..I also seen rattlesnakes having surgery in a hotel room to have a gps inplanted in them to record there movement!!!...very interesting......

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10 years 10 months ago #17108 by Nuchal Man
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Mark does some pretty crazy stuff. Last time I talked to him he said most of the surgeries he was doing were on large koi. He knows his stuff. I'm hoping I'll get a chance to come down to Champaign and study with him over the summer.

I have a confession. I'm a cichlaholic.

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