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Goldfish Surgery to Improve Buoyancy Problem

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I came across this NPR audio story today while searching for goldfish information. I thought it was really interesting, so I wanted to share it with you guys! Apparently a while after the procedure, the plastic tag they used came out of the fish. So they performed the procedure again, but this time using a tag that biologists use to tag wild fish with. I have not heard anything about whether the second try was successful long-term or not.

If it was successful long-term, I think this may possibly be a good alternative to slings which can be irritating.

Here's a link to the story, to listen click the little icon next to the word "listen".

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4494238

Here are some images of the fish.

During the procedure:

dragonboySurgery.jpg

After; you can see the cork they attached to the tag that was inserted:

dragonboySurgery2.jpg

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Interesting. I heard that a vet near my old house in San Diego conducted surgery on a goldfish. It said it was a successful surgery under the picture. Maybe one day there will be more vets who do this (:

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That is really interesting! I wish there was actual video though.

But if I understand this right, they put a tag with a tag gun in the fish (no actual surgery), attached a cork to it, and charged $ 400? Wow.

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What an interesting procedure. I recall one of the books describing various surgical methods from SBD relief. However, there isn't any vet around here who is a fish specialist, so there is no chance that this will be done.

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Very interesting :)

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This is one amazing vet.

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wow :)

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Im going to look in my area, see if it maybe could help my flippy fish

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That is amazing. I would love to see a video of that fish swimming before and after the procedure.

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That is amazing. I would love to see a video of that fish swimming before and after the procedure.

Me too! I searched, but couldn't find anything other than what I've posted. It would have been great to see before and after video though, and to hear about how the fish is doing now.

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On another forum I used to frequent a woman had one of her older goldies x-rayed, and cat scanned to determine the cause of his SBD. He ended up having enlarged swim bladders and the caudal swimbladder was squished to one side.He also had several cysts, some fluid filled, some air filled. They drained the cysts and that helped for a little while, and then they eventually removed the caudal bladder and while it was done by a vet and he survived the procedure a few days later he lost the ability to control fluid retention and popped his sutures and died. It's so hit and miss with any surgical procedure on fish, especially goldies. But if we want veterinary medicine to move forward for fish we have to learn through experience.

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On another forum I used to frequent a woman had one of her older goldies x-rayed, and cat scanned to determine the cause of his SBD. He ended up having enlarged swim bladders and the caudal swimbladder was squished to one side.He also had several cysts, some fluid filled, some air filled. They drained the cysts and that helped for a little while, and then they eventually removed the caudal bladder and while it was done by a vet and he survived the procedure a few days later he lost the ability to control fluid retention and popped his sutures and died. It's so hit and miss with any surgical procedure on fish, especially goldies. But if we want veterinary medicine to move forward for fish we have to learn through experience.

I think I was just reading through that thread last night, lol! I didn't know it ended that way, that's too bad.

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On another forum I used to frequent a woman had one of her older goldies x-rayed, and cat scanned to determine the cause of his SBD. He ended up having enlarged swim bladders and the caudal swimbladder was squished to one side.He also had several cysts, some fluid filled, some air filled. They drained the cysts and that helped for a little while, and then they eventually removed the caudal bladder and while it was done by a vet and he survived the procedure a few days later he lost the ability to control fluid retention and popped his sutures and died. It's so hit and miss with any surgical procedure on fish, especially goldies. But if we want veterinary medicine to move forward for fish we have to learn through experience.

Well put.

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On another forum I used to frequent a woman had one of her older goldies x-rayed, and cat scanned to determine the cause of his SBD. He ended up having enlarged swim bladders and the caudal swimbladder was squished to one side.He also had several cysts, some fluid filled, some air filled. They drained the cysts and that helped for a little while, and then they eventually removed the caudal bladder and while it was done by a vet and he survived the procedure a few days later he lost the ability to control fluid retention and popped his sutures and died. It's so hit and miss with any surgical procedure on fish, especially goldies. But if we want veterinary medicine to move forward for fish we have to learn through experience.

I think I was just reading through that thread last night, lol! I didn't know it ended that way, that's too bad.

Yea, that woman really loves her goldies, she was one of the ones who originally peaked my interest in them, and then I slowly made the transition from betta to goldies and haven't looked back. I mean I love my betta, but goldies are awesome. Honesty I think they need separate schooling for piscene medicine. It's something I'm very interested but I'm not willing to go to vet school for it just because of what vet school entails to get it. I know the vet that services my local aquarium will work on private patients as well, there was a story on animal planet of a koi who had surgery at my local aquarium.

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