Hernia umbilical cord surgery

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Amy, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Amy

    Amy New Member

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    My heifer calf had hernia surgery (was a smaller one) and umbilical cord surgery since it didn’t heal correctly about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Question is has anyone been through this and how did the area (her little pouch I call it ) feel after? Did it feel like there was still something in there like prior to surgery or should it not have anything in there and just be empty ( just flabby flesh ) feeling ?
     
  2. Bright Raven

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    Yes. I had a heifer calf with an umbilical hernia repaired. The pouch which the intestines extruded into was removed, the opening where the umbilical cord came through was closed and stitched. The calf was about 7 months old at the time of surgery. The site was swollen for a while, there was some pus and it seeped a little blood. It will feel "tight" to the touch. Keep it sprayed with permethrin or the like to keep out maggots. In my case, the pouch was removed. If some of the pouch remains, it could be some seepage that you are feeling. If you can palpate and feel intestines, then the surgery failed.
     
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  3. Amy

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    Thank you. Vet coming in morning to check her. No fever and eating well with lots of energy but puss has come out . Rinsing area with an iodine /water solution. I’m new at this so not sure how to check if it failed but luckily she will
    Be here in morning and we’ll know soon. Thanks for the info and hopefully all goes well with my baby ❤️
     
  4. Bright Raven

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    What did the vet determine from the examination?
     
  5. Amy

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    Well she had popped an external stitch where the puss was coming from and gave her a shot of antibiotics and a second dose to follow tomorrow. She has a new smaller hernia right behind the one that was fixed and gonna try and push it in and wrap her for a few weeks but will probably end up taking her to Gainesville to the UF large Animal Surgery facility. Apparently they can do more intense surgery.
     
  6. Bright Raven

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    THANKS. The new hernia is not good!