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From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-07-31 17:06:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Cedes' Adrenal Surgery


> Cedes' surgery went well today. BOTH glands were removed. The left
> was quite large and the right had a black nodule on it. Doc used
> cryosurgery on the right. He feels he got all of it. I asked him
> about hormone therapy. He plans to put Cedes on pred for a couple of
> weeks and then go by symptoms after that. Don't I remember from
> somewhere that bloodwork should be done soon after surgery to
> determine if hormone levels are adequate? Seems I'm having to learn
> lots of new things recently. I've never had one with both removed at
> the same time.

I recommend checking the electrolytes and cortisol levels in 5-7
days post-op. Waiting for clinical signs can become a nasty crashed
ferret at 3 am situation.

> Cedes also had his teeth cleaned. I've learned it's much, much
> cheaper if they're already under iso. That's half the cost of teeth
> cleaning. He'll be on amoxi for a couple of weeks for that.
> Is there anything I should know or ask about the bilateral adrenal
> surgery. This took me by surprise. Only a year and a half ago, both
> of his adrenals were just fine (they were looked at during an
> exploratory for suspected insulinoma).
Amazing what they'll come up with between one surgery and the next.
Hope all goes well,
-Dr. Karen

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