Use of a modified Vinsot technique for partial phallectomy in 11 standing horses. Academic Article uri icon


  • CASE DESCRIPTION: 6 geldings and 5 stallions were evaluated from January 2007 through April 2009 for the following conditions requiring phallectomy: chronic paraphimosis (n = 7), squamous cell carcinoma of the penis (3), and priapism (1). CLINICAL FINDINGS: None of the 7 horses with paraphimosis was able to retract the penis. Chronicity of the paraphimosis in 6 horses ranged from 2 weeks to 2 months and was unknown in the seventh horse. Horses with paraphimosis had been medically treated without success. The horse with priapism had developed the condition secondary to acepromazine administration 2 days prior to referral and was unsuccessfully treated once by intracavernosal administration of phenylephrine and irrigation of the cavernosal tissues prior to surgery. The 3 horses with squamous cell carcinoma of the penis had had the condition for 2 years and had been treated by repeated application of a cryogen or chemotherapeutic agent to the lesions. TREATMENT AND OUTCOME: All 11 horses underwent a partial phallectomy by means of a modified Vinsot technique. Modifications to the original technique included creation of a linear urethrostomy, alteration of the location and shape of the urethrostomy, application of a latex tourniquet, concurrent castration of stallions, and use of the procedure in standing horses. The procedure was technically easy to perform, well tolerated by the horses, and cosmetically acceptable to the owners, and had minimal postoperative complications. Long-term follow-up information was obtained from owners of 10 horses a median of 454 days after surgery; 2 owners reported mild urine scalding as the only adverse effect. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: The modified Vinsot technique of partial phallectomy was effective and may be useful for horses that are unsuitable candidates for general anesthesia because of medical or owner financial constraints.

published proceedings

  • J Am Vet Med Assoc

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Arnold, C. E., Brinsko, S. P., Love, C. C., & Varner, D. D.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Arnold, Carolyn E||Brinsko, Steven P||Love, Charles C||Varner, Dickson D

publication date

  • July 2010