Is Tubal Ligation a Viable Choice?

Q. Has laparoscopic unilateral tubal ligation reached a level of safety and success for mares, or is it a procedure yet to be useful and/or effective or cost prohibitive? Why or why not?


A. Laparoscopic tubal ligation has been shown to be feasible by Patrick McCue, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of equine science at Colorado State University. McCue was investigating whether the technique could be used in a GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer) program. There seems little other use for the technique in a clinical sense. Of course, laparoscopic tubal ligation would be a very effective contraceptive, but in our domestic horses, this is probably going for overkill. It might be useful in controlling wild horse populations, as the technique should be permanent.

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John Hyland, BVSc

John Hyland, BVSc, practices in Victoria, Australia.

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