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Plastron healing after surgery?

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by Jodie, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. Jodie

    Jodie Well-Known Member

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    My 20 pound female leopard had surgery to remove broken eggs 10/2014. She has had a fiberglass patch for almost 2 years. One edge has been loose for a few months. We cut it off this morning to prevent her from catching it on weeds and grass.
    It does not appear healed underneath. After my initial panic, I am thinking maybe the bone has healed, and this is the keratin (spelling? right word?) covering the bone that would be expected to die as new growth pushes it off?
    Anyone have any experience with this kind of injury, and recovery?
    I have an email in to the vet. Would appreciate experienced opinions. 0702161026b.jpg I have not lifted on it at aall, but it is not attached at all along the line. It pushes in.
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    I don't have experience with shells having been cut for surgery. Best wait to see what the vet says. He may want to see the tortoise.
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    I think I'd be headed back to the vet as well. Maybe they can do imaging to see what it looks like under the keratin. I think your theory about healing underneath may be spot on.
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    Sorry Jodie , I have no experience with that sort of injury. I would probably get with the Vet also !
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    Jodie Well-Known Member

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    As it is 4th of July weekend, the response from the vet is not going to be quick. I like to have opinions, so I am better able to evaluate my vet's answer. Anyone with experience? Anyone know anyone to tag that may have experience?
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    Coming up on 2 years. Should have good healing by now. The image shows the cut lines to have not filled in. Best to get an xray and see if there is definite healing, otherwise, the rest of the fiberglass needs to come off, freshen the edges and apply new piece of acrylic over the seams.
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    i'd ask the vet that did the surgery too , but i've seen a few turtles chewed up by dogs , and it's taken years for the keratin to cover it again , so maybe the bone is healed underneath ......
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    Thanks guys. I emailed my local vet, not really a tortoise vet, and she is conferring with the specialist that did the surgery.
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    Seems strange that after 2 years the bone still has not accreted. Definitely something is wrong and vet consultation and xray is a must.
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    Vet is not an option until Tue. Local vet responded that she forwarded my email to the operating specialist at WA State University. Will update when I get a response.
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    Until you're able to get back to the vet for them to see it first hand, I'd protect the area somehow.
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    Is there type of occlusive dressing that you could put over it just to keep it clean till vet visit? Some type of adhesive patch to cover the open area?
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    The thing is, the patch has been loose for months. Unknown to me it has been getting dirty all along. I was going to cover it. Certainly don't want anything stuck to it since vet will have to remove, but was going to wrap something around her. My husband pointed out that holding germs in can be worse than breathing. It needs to be cleaned out, if it isn't sealed up under that patch right? I have her in a clean environment. Any suggestions on how to protect it @Yvonne G?
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    Thanks for the response. My vet is not responding to me. Should I cover the area until I can get her to the vet? Any suggestions on how to do so? I really appreciate your help.
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    Now that you ask the question, I'm wondering if covering it would seal in dirt and maybe germs. Maybe just leave it alone until you can get to the vet.
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    Keep the tortoise dry. Shredded newspaper and keep the area clean with just mild soap and water. Tortoises get everything dirty so just keep it clean and wait until the vet can have a look.
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    Thanks all. Not sure why things like this always occur at the beginning of a long weekend. Had I had any worry about her condition, I would have choose to do this some other time. So I guess it is my bad timing. Sure thankful TFO isn't closed for the 4th.
    Happy 4th of July everyone!
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    Any news yet?
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    Still waiting for vet to bless me with her time! Getting frustrated, can you tell?
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