Umbilical Hernia in yearling - To repair or not to repair?? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 17 Old 06-07-2012, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-07-2012, 03:53 PM
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I have a 30 yr old pony with an umbilical hernia, god only knows how we have managed to get him to this age as he colics regularly.

We have at least 4 bouts of minor colic from him a year.

Get it fixed now. It will save you money in the long term

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Does your vet believe the colic is directly related to the hernia?
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I would go ahead and get it fixed, just to be on the safe side. Yes, while it may be easier to do when they are young, it's not like it's dangerous to do when they are older. I got one fixed on my, then, 18 month old colt and there was no problems with it at all. Now, you can't even tell he had one unless you really feel around down there.

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Smrobs - we're in the same state, do you remember how much it cost? I havent gotten an estimate yet.
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I got him gelded at the same time and the total cost for all of it was right at $270.

The gelding was $75 and the hernia was $125, plus the cost of all the shots and the anesthetic.
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Sounds like the "breeder" took matters into their own hands and tried fixing it themselves.
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post #8 of 17 Old 06-07-2012, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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LaPorte,

I truly believe that the vet actually did come out. The "breeder" is actually a very nice ranch that specializes in cutters, not some back yard breeder as I may have made it seem like. I work in companion animal medicine and we use the term breeder a lot in reference to litters. Just a term I picked up there...if you purchased it from the party that bred it, you bought it from the breeder.

However, believe it or not I HAVE been wrong in the past...
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you can "band" a hernia, however it has to remain banded for about a year to allow full heal, this means putting bandage all the way around the horse and is time consuming.

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post #10 of 17 Old 06-07-2012, 11:04 PM
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I would suggest getting it fixed sooner rather than later. At least get a second opinion about it

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