Frog Enucleation: Eye Removal Surgery

Eye surgery

Eye surgery

Splat the albino horned frog (sometimes called Pacman frogs because of their large mouth and appetite!) somehow injured his eye, presumably by jumping into one of the furnishings in his vivarium. Unfortunately, the eyeball itself was ruptured and could not be saved so it had to be removed, or enucleated. Here he is in an anaesthetic bath containing dissolved anaesthetic drugs that he is absorbing through his skin.

2 Once anaesthetised, I also injected some local anaesthetic around the eye socket and behind the eye itself. He had earlier been given pain relief and antibiotic injections to ensure he was comfortable and to prevent infection. I carefully dissected out the eye from the underlying ocular muscles lining the eye socket. 3

Once the eye had been removed, I placed collagen implant into the socket and packed it well to prevent bleeding and allow the remaining space to fill in with new tissue as it heals. At this point we started to rinse Splat in order to start the process of recovery from his anaesthetic.

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Here he is after the surgery having closed the eyelids with dissolvable suture material. Now it was time to recover him and wake him from his operation.

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We placed him in clean, de-chlorinated water and irrigated him regularly whilst keeping him warm in order to dilute the anaesthetic residue in his skin and keep him maximally hydrated so that he could recover and wake from anaesthesia. He recovered well, and went home the next day having been given another pain relief injection and oral antibiotic drops for the owner to administer. Here’s hoping he will be fighting fit in no time!

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One thought on “Frog Enucleation: Eye Removal Surgery

  1. Hi! My name is Ana and I’ve just finished my veterinary degree in Spain. I would like to work as exotic’s vet, so I begin to write a blog (not as cool as yours) to learn more about these animals while searching information to write news posts.
    At this moment I only write in spanish, but I’ll write in english soon. I hope you read it some day.
    All the cases that you share are really interesting! I’ll read your blog more often!

    By the way, my blog is: exotics-vet.blogspot.com.es

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