A 3-portal laparoscopic ovariectomy technique in ewes

Jeremiah T. Easley, Stephen Q. Garofolo, Dana Ruehlman, Eileen S. Hackett

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The aim of this study was to describe a three-portal laparoscopic ovariectomy technique in ewes. A novel three-portal laparoscopic ovariectomy technique was utilized in 40 ewes in a research setting. Surgical time, intra-operative, and post-operative complications were recorded for each ewe. Ovaries were successfully removed utilizing the three-portal laparoscopic technique in all ewes. Median surgical time was 18. min (mean 19. min, range 12-40. min). The surgical procedure had a rapid learning curve. The laparoscopic technique provided excellent access and visualization of the female reproductive organs in the ewe. A 3-portal laparoscopic ovariectomy can be safely and rapidly performed in ewes and may improve patient outcomes, including minimizing postoperative pain and incisional morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-339
Number of pages4
JournalSmall Ruminant Research
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Sheep


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