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Application of an innovative technique for unilateral ovariectomy in dairy cows
  1. A. Rizzo, DVM, PhD1,
  2. M. Piccinno, DVM, PhD1,
  3. L. Lacitignola, DVM, PhD1,
  4. G. D'Onghia, DVM2,
  5. G. F. D'Onghia, DVM2 and
  6. R. L. Sciorsci, DVM, PhD, Prof1
  1. 1Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Strada p.le per Casamassima, km 3, 70010 Valenzano, Bari, Italy
  2. 2Free lance Veterinary Doctor
  1. Correspondence to E-mail for correspondence: raffaeleluigi.sciorsci{at}


This report describes an innovative unilateral ovariectomy technique for the surgical treatment of follicular cysts in dairy cows. Five cows, with a diagnosis of follicular cysts, were submitted to unilateral ovariectomy via a paralumbar fossa approach, in standing position. The linear cutter proved useful for clamping the ovary, stapling the vessels and cutting in one stroke, thus reducing surgery times. After unilateral ovariectomy, all cows underwent heat 7–30 days after surgery, and three cows became pregnant. All cows showed increased milk production. The results of this case report showed that flank ovariectomy, performed in this way, is an efficient, low-risk technique for surgical treatment of follicular cysts in dairy cows.

  • follicular cysts
  • unilateral ovariectomy
  • paralumbar fossa approach

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