Uterine Prolapse Surgery
Learning that your pet needs surgery can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you are unsure of what the procedure entails. At Anicira, we work with pet parents to ensure that you are well-informed before your pet’s surgery. Our veterinary team provides compassionate care before, during, and after surgery to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable.
What is uterine prolapse?
Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus – the small, soft, muscular organ that is located in the lower part of the belly, just above the vagina that is responsible for the growth and development of offspring – protrudes through the vagina.
Uterine prolapse is considered an emergency situation and requires immediate veterinary attention. If left untreated, it can lead to severe complications, such as infection, tissue necrosis, and damage to the reproductive organs.
What causes uterine prolapse?
Uterine prolapse usually occurs shortly after giving birth. The exact cause is not fully understood, but it is often associated with excessive straining during labor.
Admission Time – Bring your pet to Anicira at 7 am.
Food – You may feed your pet a quarter of their normal breakfast no later than 6 am.
Water – Your pet may have water up until the time of the surgery.
Pre-surgical exam – Your pet must be in good health and show no signs of sickness such as coughing, sneezing, or diarrhea.
Medical records – Please bring proof of rabies vaccination if you have not already provided this. If your cat or dog has not been previously vaccinated or lacks proof of vaccination, we will administer a rabies vaccine on the day of surgery. If you have not already sent your medical records, please bring all relevant medical records.
Uterine Prolapse Repair Surgery
Before surgery, our veterinary team will perform a thorough pre-surgical examination to ensure that your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia. It is strongly recommended that your pet receives pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that no health concerns go undetected.
Your pet will be under general anesthesia. The surgical team will prepare the surgical site (lower belly) by shaving then cleaning the area to remove bacteria and decrease the risk of potential infection. Prolapsed tissue is cleaned and replaced with a combination of manual manipulation externally and abdominal surgical approach.
During surgery, the veterinarian will spay your pet by removing both ovaries and uterus via an incision in the lower abdomen. The incision will be closed with internal absorbable sutures.
Caring for Your Pet After Tibial Fracture Repair Surgery
Anesthesia may take 24 to 48 hours to wear off.
- Your pet may be groggy or whiny during this time.
- Keep your pet confined in a secure, quiet, and comfortable space. We recommend a crate or a small room.
- Isolate them from other pets and children while recovering.
Make sure your pet wears their Elizabethan Collar (E-Collar / Cone)
- Your pet’s surgical site will take 10 to 14 days to heal. During this period, they should wear an e collar at all times.
- Allowing your pet to lick their incision can lead to infection or dehiscence (opening of the incision).
Offer food & water after surgery
- When your pet returns home, offer them food and water
- Anesthesia may cause nausea so your pet may not be interested in food
- If vomiting occurs, wait 12 hours before offering more food.
- Resume regular feeding the day after surgery. Your pet’s appetite should be back to normal within 24 hours.
- If your pet refuses to eat, you may try offering a bland diet such as white rice and lean protein (for example boiled chicken breast) while they regain a normal appetite.
- Please do not feed your pet junk food, table scraps, or milk.
Give all medications as directed
- Your pet will be sent home with oral pain medication. Please follow the instructions on the label.
- If possible, please give the pain medication with food. If your pet has no appetite, please ensure they still take the pain medication.
- OTC pain relievers such as Tylenol and Advil are toxic to pets. Please do not give these to your pet.
Other shaved areas
- Your pet may have shaved areas on one or more legs from where an IV catheter was placed.
- These areas may be irritated or bruised. If your pet is excessively licking, please use a taste deterrent spray or e-collar to prevent self-trauma.
- If your pet went home with a brightly colored wrap on their leg, this should be removed 30 minutes after returning home.
Rare, but serious surgical complications
Complications from a uterine prolapse repair surgery are rare. If your pet experiences these issues after surgery, please contact Anicira.
- Redness, swelling, or discharge at the surgical site, which could be signs of infection
- If there has been excessive trauma or necrosis to vaginal tissue, this may lead to septic peritonitis or infection and inflammation of the internal abdominal organs. This is serious and life-threatening and will require urgent surgery.
Please contact Anicira, your primary care veterinarian, or an emergency clinic if any of the following occur:
- No urine passed for more than 24 hours
- Pale gums
- Severe pain, depression or weakness
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
- Labored breathing
- Decreased appetite for more than 24 hours
- Lethargy lasting more than 24 hours