Umbilical Hernia in yearling - To repair or not to repair??
My yearling has a hernia that was supposed to have been repaired before I brought her home. When I talked to the breeder before I even when to see her she let me know that the filly I was interested in had a hernia but that her vet had already banded it. Personally, I had never heard of banding a hernia. Sure enough, there it was all shriveled and close to falling off when I went to see her. Obviously I purchased the filly and by the time she was delivered everything was healed. This was in Feb so of course she was super fuzzy and I didnt think any more about it.
A month or so ago she had to be sedated for a laceration repair and I noticed at that time that she still had the hernia. "Small" per my vet's opinion. I told him about her having had it banded and he agreed he had never heard of that either. I was given the option of corrective surgery or just leaving it alone, but if I opted for surgery I was told it is best done when they are younger.
I know if left open there is the small chance that a loop of intestine can become trapped and necrose...the vet did not seem to be concerned about that as he gave me the option to do nothing.
Pros/Cons of surgery vs leaving it alone?