A novel surgical technique for enucleation in rabbits to reduce the risk of intra- and post-operative orbital hemorrhage

Bret A. Moore, Jessica Robertson, Danielle K. Tarbert, Kathryn L. Good, Joanne R. Paul-Murphy

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A 10-year-old male castrated Holland Lop rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) was presented for severe ulcerative stromal keratitis of the right eye and a luxated hypermature cataract and glaucoma of the left eye. Staged bilateral enucleation was elected. A LigaSure™ electrosurgical bipolar vessel-sealing device was used as a means to minimize intraoperative and post-operative hemorrhage, especially that associated with the orbital venous plexus. The LigaSure™ was used to ligate and transect all extraocular muscles, the optic nerve bundle, and the base of the third eyelid with no complications encountered. Overall, the LigaSure™ was easy to use, resulted in minimal hemorrhage, and reduced surgery time. This is the first report of the use of a LigaSure™ to aid in the enucleation of a rabbit. Although only positive results were achieved as an alternative to conventional methodologies, its use in clinical practice should be that of caution until a larger study evaluating the long-term results is performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalVeterinary Ophthalmology
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020



  • enucleation
  • exenteration
  • eye
  • LigaSure
  • rabbit
  • venous plexus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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