Pig Plastic Surgery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/20/06

Pig Plastic Surgery

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people go under the knife to get rid of unwanted fat. But did you know the option is also available for animals?

Wilbur, for example, was a pig with a disability. He had folds of skin that covered his eyes so he couldn't see. So, Wilbur was sent to Kansas State's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for sort of a face-lift.

"We took this whole area of his forehead and lifted it like a hood and from underneath removed the fat that was excessive. We considered it to be a privilege to do the surgery on him because it is something we hadn't had the opportunity to do before and so being it's a teaching hospital it's a wonderful teaching opportunity," said Rachel Allbaugh, an Ophthalmology resident.

The procedure has been done on dogs before, but never on a pig. Kansas State's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has also performed cataract surgery on a bald eagle.

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