That's a tough decision, Lance. It does sound like she may be in pain, which is 
a stress, but so is surgery.

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 From: Lance <>
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2013 10:21 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] [OT] congenital peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic 

Hi Kat,

That's good advice. As far as I know, Ember has done well with anesthesia. 
She's had two dentals in the last three years, and she was anesthetized for the 
CT scan two weeks ago. However, the stress of surgery is another consideration. 

Since Ember is doing reasonably well (other than a URI she might have right 
now), it might be prudent to take care of the hernia since she is showing 
symptoms of it. Unfortunately, it's a lot to think about. I'm hoping to talk to 
her primary vet today to discuss this some more.


On Jun 14, 2013, at 7:58 AM, kat <> wrote:

Hi Lance,
>I have not had experience with congenital hernias - but I would be concerned 
>since Ember is FelV+
>You might want to check back with her 2 vets about using anesthesia & putting 
>her thru the stress of surgery.
>Kat (Mew Jersey)
>----- Original Message -----
>>From: Lance
>>Sent: 06/13/13 04:19 PM
>>Subject: [Felvtalk] [OT] congenital peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia 
>>My 11 year old FeLV+, Ember, was diagnosed with a congenital 
>>peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia after CT scans and a consult 
>>between a surgeon and a radiologist.  So far, her symptoms haven't been too 
>>scary: rapid breathing (but not open mouth breathing or panting) and an odd 
>>posture she sometimes assumes where she will "stand" with her forelegs and 
>>lie down with her back legs. This tells me that she might be having some 
>>discomfort (one lobe of her liver is involved in the hernia). She settles 
>>into lying down without problem, and she rests normally.  The symptoms have 
>>only begun in the last few months, as far as I know (Ember and I weren't in 
>>the same part of the world for almost a year). We'd been fearing cancer, so 
>>this would seem to be good news.  The surgeon is gung-ho to take care of 
>>business, and he has an excellent reputation with a lot of experience and 
>>education. However, I just spoke to one of Ember's two vets about this, and 
>>he said,
 "If she were my cat, I don't think I would do it." He's concerned about moving 
the liver, and more importantly, about the surgeon having enough to work with 
when the hernia is likely congenital.  Has anyone on the list had experience 
with congenital hernias in cats? I'd really like to get some more input before 
I make a decision.  Thanks,  Lance 
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