Bourkes Surgery & Recovery
Posted 31 August 2011 - 10:17 PM
I thought she was going back in tomorrow to get the sutures removed, but as I found out yesterday, my a-vet is out of town until the 8th! So they will remain for another week, which is no big issue since they are absorbable (the vet tech told me this after my almost panic attack of what to do!). She still has the gauze stuck to her foot which she hasn't removed, nor barely paid any attention to. I guess since she's so used to having something *on* her foot, that it hasn't bothered her in the least.
If I must catch her for anything, she makes it quite difficult! She's very flighty and active and still doing well!
Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:36 PM
The gauze finally fell off yesterday, and it appears her foot has healed up pretty well. I can't tell if there are any stitches or not, and the foot is not back to normal size. There's still some swelling around the foot itself, but it looks 100% better! I wonder now if she requires going in to have the sutures removed, since they are absorbable and I hardly see anything in or around her foot. Granted, I haven't taken a close look, but her foot appears healed up. When I get a chance, I'll take a closer look.
Posted 20 September 2011 - 05:23 PM
No sutures were used, all laser surgery. Good news and bad - Bad, all the tests that the avian cancer specialist performed at Antech have determined that the mass is most suggestive of a low grade mesenchymal tumor/sarcoma. From the sounds of it, very little is known about cancers in pet birds, even less of this specific type. Also, since the mass was removed via laser surgery, we don't know if we have removed/destroyed all the cancer cells or not. Good news - at least it is not the type of cancer to spread.
She is maintaining her weight, may have even gained a gram, so overall she's doing superb! If the cancer regrows though, I'm not sure I could put her through surgery again. (I was wondering if I had done the right thing within those first couple of days after surgery, I felt so horrible for her!) Maybe if she was 9 years old as the report says, but she's around the 14-16 age range and not as youthful as she used to be!
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