Ovarian surprise.

We tend to think of a "spay" as a routine operation.  It’s usually routine for me, as I’ve done hundreds of them — I know what I will do first, what I’ll do second, etc.  For the patient, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime major operation — a complete hysterectomy, removing the entire uterus and ovaries.

Calico_kitty_2 Sometimes it’s not as routine for me as I thought it would be.  This little kitty seemed just fine on physical examination, and her owners had noticed nothing out of the ordinary.  She had a little suprise in store for me, though.

Cystic_ovary_cat_2 The ovary on the left is normal, about 5mm by 10mm.  I had to enlarge my incision to remove the second ovary, since this cyst had enlarged it to 15mm by 20mm.  I don’t think we’ll have any complications as a result of this abnormality.  I’m glad we got it out of there, though.

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