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post #1 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Goldfish Surgery

I know some of you folks knew I have an oranda who was diagnosed with tumor. I had been delayed from its surgery since I kept gathering myself a lot of courage and confidence. I could not bear to do the surgery myself because I kept thinking the worst.

Tonight, I decided to watch Moby for awhile. I saw his scales were getting worse with the growth definitely increasing so I made a snap decision to risk everything and performed surgery on him despite shaken by surgeries.

Here's the page I followed through.
http://thegab.org/Articles/SurgeryTumor.html

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7.5 mg clove oil
A tub filled liter of water
Scalpel
Forceps
Towel

Steps
1. Put goldfish in the tub.
2. Dose the 7.5mg bottle of clove oil.
3. Wait until he becomes unconscious (not completely!). I felt he was trying to fight back.
4. Lay him on a soft towel.
5. Cut through the area where tumor is located.
6. Use the forceps to help with the process.
7. Sprinkle water over fish if he looks like he is drying up. Still felt him trying to perk up.
8. Apply betadine on the wounds.
9. Put him in the hospital tank and encourage him to perk up.
10. Sterilize tools after this.

I know Aunt Kymmie requested photos. I was already very nervous and decided not to take pics as it would delay the surgery further. After 10 minutes, he appears back to normal. I hope he will make it. He was such a strong-willed fellow. The areas where the tumors were removed will remain scarred but at least, he is saved hopefully!

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post #2 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 10:36 AM
I'm glad to hear that Moby made it through the surgery. I hope he makes a speedy recovery! Get well soon, Moby! :)
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post #3 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Dramaqueen! I had to check again. He is back to normal like nothing happened.

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I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
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post #4 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 10:45 AM
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Wow, I cant imagine doing surgery on your own fish. I am so happy it worked out.


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post #5 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 10:52 AM
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I hope Moby makes a speedy recovery and lives a long healthy life. That was very brave of you, I would have been a nervous wreck.

How do you know, what to remove and that what you are removing is part of the tumor? In the picture the tumor appears black. I would be afraid of not removing it all, or cutting away something, that should have been left alone.
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post #6 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, I cant imagine doing surgery on your own fish. I am so happy it worked out.
I felt rather revolted doing it but eventually, it'll pay off and you'll feel much better you did the best for your fish.

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I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
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I hope Moby makes a speedy recovery and lives a long healthy life. That was very brave of you, I would have been a nervous wreck.

How do you know, what to remove and that what you are removing is part of the tumor? In the picture the tumor appears black. I would be afraid of not removing it all, or cutting away something, that should have been left alone.
You have to be very careful doing that. Trace the area where you suspect the tumor limits itself. From that point, cut the area there carefully while using forceps to assist you in lifting the tumor.

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http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=48&dateline=125741997  2
I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
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post #8 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 01:27 PM
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wow. when i first read your story i lost my breath for a second! i hope moby fells better soon!
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post #9 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 09:06 PM
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Lupes, I think what you did was awesome. For some reason these type of things don't bother me, I find them fascinating. I had a feeling you were going to be successful performing the surgery as you did your homework on doing the procedure. Job well done.

If you don't stand up for something you'll fall for anything...
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post #10 of 28 Old 09-04-2009, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank, Aunt Kymmie. Yes, some people were revolted when I talked to them about it but others found it similarly fascinating as you did.lol

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I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
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