Female cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) are prone to development of reproductive problems, especially overproduction of eggs and egg binding. Salpingohysterectomy is recommended for permanent control of these problems because removal of the oviduct and uterus seems to suppress ovulation. Salpingohysterectomy has not been used commonly as a preventative measure, in part because of concerns about surgical risk, especially with traditional surgical methods. In addition, clients may not perceive its value. In this study, endoscopic salpingohysterectomy was evaluated in 14 juvenile female cockatiels. Hemorrhage was negligible and all 14 procedures were successful. The positive outcomes suggest that the procedure is safe and simple when performed by veterinarians familiar with avian coelomic endoscopic techniques. Endoscopic salpingohysterectomy in juvenile cockatiels could be used to prevent future reproductive problems. Further study is required to evaluate long-term effects and the preventative value of this procedure in cockatiels.
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