Scrotal neuter of male rat.
Surgery performed by:
Dr. Peter Field B.V.S.C. (Hons.) M.A.C.V.Sc.
Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Canine Medicine
Veterinary Physician and Surgeon
Everton Hills Veterinary Surgery, Everton Hills, Brisbane Qld, Australia
Ms. Louise Dux, Certified Laboratory Animal Technician
Lene Jorgensen and owner of male rat, Angelus, depicted in surgery photos.
*Note: It is Dr. Peter Field’s preference to use an approved surgical hand scrub, rather than surgical gloves, to maintain aseptic technique with small animals.
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The rat is placed in an anesthetic induction chamber and given isoflurane for sedation. The brown pad below the chamber is a heating pad that the rat will remain on throughout the procedure to maintain ambient body temperature, and prevent hypothermia.
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Isoflurane being administered.
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Rat is shown fully sedated.
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Prep of surgical site is performed.
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Ensuring testes are completely descended prior to incision.
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Initial incision into scrotum.
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Extracting testes prior to clamping.
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Removing the testes from the scrotal sac.
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Excision of connective tissue is performed.
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Clamping prior to internal suturing.
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Internal suturing performed.
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Initiating external sutures for closure.
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A stethoscope is used for monitoring respirations and heart rate.
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Male rat is fully recovered.