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kenny thomas

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There are a few risks. The culpotomy tool has to cut through the wall of the vagina to get to the ovary, so there's a chance of introducing infection. Cutting off the ovary comes with a chance of fatal bleeding, not unlike castration. The risk goes up in older heifers. Finally, an unskilled operator can accidentally cut things other than the ovary. Accidentally perforating the bowel doesn't usually end well for the animal.

In the hands of a skilled veterinarian the death loss can be extremely low. If you're having someone who hasn't done it or rarely does it, I'd just make sure you have a good understanding of who takes responsibility if things don't go well.
Thanks, all good points.
 

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The culpotomy tool has to cut through the wall of the vagina to get to the ovary....
If you are cutting through the vaginal wall, I assume it has to be stitched back up or cauterized, is that correct?
It sounds like a more involved surgery that would cost more than a few bucks.
 

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