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Surgery Cures Constipated Goldfish

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What lengths would you go to in order to save your goldfish? We've previously seen a goldfish undergo brain surgery. This fish didn't have such a terrible problem, but it was seriously plugged up. In fact, it was so constipated that it would likely die if veterinarians didn't help it.

Veterinarian Faye Bethel of the Toll Barn Veterinary Centre in North Walsham, UK removed an obstructing lump near its anus during a 50-minute operation, which cost the owner £300 ($467 USD). It was completely successful. The Daily Telegraph describes the surgery:

It was then removed from its tank and placed on a waterproof drape before anaesthetic water was introduced into its mouth via a tube and bubbled over its gills.

The vet then used a miniature heart-rate monitor to check that the fish was properly "under" before using a mini scalpel to remove the lumps.

She then sewed each cut with three stitches before using a special "glue" to cover and waterproof the fish's scales before it was gradually re-awakened.

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