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Old 07-20-2012, 06:17 PM
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George had surgery

Ok, it was minor surgery, but still! Last week I noticed these wart-like bumps in several places on George's (5yo male veiled) body. When we moved a month ago he did not have them. There was one spot that looked like small bump covered with a little retained shed that I noticed about 2 months ago. So I was keeping an eye on it to watch for changes or spread. These new bumps pooped up pretty quickly. They were fleshy and soft and non-painful when poked. Of course George hates anyone and anything so he made it hard to really examine them much more than that. So I took George to work with me, anesthetized him and took two of the bumps off and sent them in for analysis. My biggest concern is something potentially contagious since he's in the same room as the other chams, which are not affected at this time. Here's some pics of his little surgery!

The wart on his casque:

The crusty one on his side:


George getting anesthetized:


George totally out, on a warm IV bag (under the towel) to keep his body temp up while he's out The tape on his chest is keeping the Doppler monitor on while I'm working so I can hear his heart beating to make sure he's doing okay:


Removing the crusty one:


The hole on his casque:

Putting Silvadene on it until it heals since I couldn't close the gap. The hole from the crusty one on his side got one stitch to close it up.

Getting x-rays while he's under:


Pretty normal male veiled x-ray:


Look at the bent front leg bones:

I adopted George from a craigslist ad when he was just a year old. I knew he didn't have great care under his previous owner, and I now I see the proof:
Even after 4 years in my care that MBD bone damage is still there. MBD can be stopped, but it can't be reversed. I bet at one point the one on the right was probably broken. But now you can see every bone down in his toes, which means he has great calcium balance now!

While I had him under I was able to look him over really well. There are at least 5 more lesions that I didn't removed (didn't wanna make him swiss cheese) and one was full of pus. Still waiting on the pathology report of the warts I removed. George recovered from anesthesia beautifully and has since been back home eating and drinking well!
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:22 PM
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What a wonderful resource for you to have access to! And I'm so glad we get to reap the benefits! Glad George has recovered from surgery, fingers crossed it's something straightforward.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:23 PM
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That was so interesting to see. You could have had first place in the video contest. How wonderful to be able to care for your cham like that.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:25 PM
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Here is a video where you can hear George's heart beating under anesthesia! That wooshing noise is each beat of his heart - the first lower woosh is the atriums contracting, and the second louder woosh is the ventricle (reptiles only have 3 chambers to their heart instead of 4 like mammals!), and then repeat. Reptiles have slow heartbeats compared to mammals. That's how I monitored how he was doing under surgery.


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Old 07-20-2012, 06:33 PM
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Wow Dayna thanks for sharing that! George is lucky he has a vet for a mommy!! I hope the growths you removed turn out to be benign or nothing contagious like you said. Look forward to a hopefully positive update!
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This is such a neat thing to be able to do for your animals! I'm glad you shared and I hope everything comes back benign!

I hope some of the younger people on here take note of the fringe benefits of being a vet when they start looking into a career path.
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I hope the analysis come back with good news. Neat post! Awesome work on the bump on the casque.
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This is amazing! I love the picture of George being anesthetized, his expression is priceless
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awwww poor guy i hope he recovers well and did you do all that yourself? are u like a vet or something?
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Wow awesome, thank you for sharing that with us, like Alec said I laughed when I saw him being put under lol cracks me up with that big honking mask on his face ha
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