A 250lb orangutan underwent an intense five-hour-long surgery in order to have his appendix taken out.
Ben, a 40-year-old male orangutan, had to have an emergency appendectomy performed by surgeons after they noticed that the ape appeared lethargic, uncomfortable and uninterested in his food.
After medical treatments did not cure the animal, Ben, who is housed at Brookfield Zoo, in Chicago, underwent an extensive examination.
He had blood tests, ultrasounds, CAT scans and was diagnosed with peritonitis, an inflammation of the peritoneum, and appendicitis, an inflammation of the appendix.
After determining his diagnosis, 15 members of veterinary staff immediately started the five-hour long operation and removed the ruptured appendix without any complications.
A recheck examination weeks later confirmed Ben’s problems were fully resolved and that the surgical incision had fully healed.
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Dr Eric Yang, a general surgeon who has performed this procedure on humans, said: “The opportunity to help Ben was unique, similar to operating on a child, except that Ben is a 250 pound orangutan!
“We were impressed with the level of care, concern, and professionalism on display by the zoo’s team.”
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