I was in vet school on the equine surgery service. This mare comes in for us to fix a perineal laceration. These occur usually during foaling when the foal comes with it's legs a little out of position. Basically, this mare had no tissue between her rectum and vaginal vault anymore. Yes, she was pooping out her vulva.
So, our goal was to reconstruct this shelf of tissue between the rectum and vaginal vault. This involves long hours spend with long handled tools. And I mean LOOONNNNGGG handled tools. I'd never seen a scalpel handle 18 inches long before!
Remember that this procedure is literally right up the rear end of a horse. We had put a cotton "tampon" up her rectum to keep her from pooping on our parade. But remember, in horses the urethral opening is inside the vaginal vault. I'll never forget the sight of our equine surgeon standing with 18 inch instruments with his face 2 inches from the rear end of a horse and his mouth open in concentration. He was standing right like that when the mare urinated. On his face. With his mouth open. Twice.
That was such a good day.
6 days ago