Micrcoscopic Surgical Techniques on a Mighty Hamster

A cute little black and white hamster named Oreo had a tumor on top of his head for quite some time.  Recently however, his owners had noticed a sudden increase in the growth of the mass.  After discussing the risks versus benefits of anesthesia and surgery in a geriatric hamster with Dr. Kloer, Oreo’s family elected for surgery.

Here's Oreo playing at home prior to surgery.  Notice the lump on top of his head?

Here’s Oreo playing at home prior to surgery. Notice the lump on top of his head?

In late November, just two weeks after his second birthday, Dr. Kloer performed the surgery using both electrocautery techniques (directing a high-frequency electrical current through the local area of tumor tissue) and microsurgery instruments.    Oreo did very well throughout the procedure.  To monitor his post-operative recovery, Dr. Kloer took Oreo home with her the first night after his surgery.   He was able to go home with his family the following afternoon.

Post-op view of Oreo.  What a great patient!

Post-op view of Oreo. What a great patient!

At this time, we are not sure if the tumor will recur or not, but currently Oreo seems very comfortable and happy to be back at home with his family!

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Two weeks post surgery, Oreo is happy and healthy back at home!

Dr. Kloer’s special interest in pocket pets like hamsters, gerbils and ferrets, and exotic animals such as birds and even some reptiles, provides a unique perspective in companion animal veterinary medicine.   To learn more about our services and suggestions for these animals, click here.

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