Soft Tissue Surgery Service
Soft Tissue Surgeons deal with those areas of the body that orthopaedic surgeons and neurologists don’t (i.e. most things apart from bones). This could be for routine or emergency surgery involving the skin, abdominal cavity, chest cavity or for treatment of masses/tumours.
Procedures undertaken include:
- Abdominal surgery – surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, hepatic and biliary systems including portosystemic shunt treatment, splenectomy, adrenalectomy
- Thoracic surgery – lung lobectomy, occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus, vascular ring anomalies, chylothorax, pericardiectomy, thymoma removal, diaphragmatic hernia repair
- Urogenital surgery – nephrectomy, cystotomy, ectopic ureter, urethrostomy, prostatic surgery, treatment of urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence, ureteral bypass and SUB placement, laparoscopic neutering
- Head and neck surgery – laryngeal tie-back, brachycephalic airway syndrome, tracheal collapse, total ear canal ablation, maxillofacial surgery, thyroid/parathyroid surgery, oesophageal surgery
- Surgical oncology – staging, planning, surgery and reconstruction
- Wound care and reconstruction
We are keen to perform laparoscopic/thoracoscopic (keyhole) surgeries when possible and when we feel it is an appropriate treatment for the patient. This includes laparoscopic neutering.
Our surgical and medical teams also offer a range of minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures for tracheal stenting, urethral stenting, management of ectopic ureters and incontinence and minimally invasive coil placement for management of intrahepatic shunts. Please see the interventional radiology page for further information.
As a referral service, staffed by recognised surgical specialists and service-dedicated veterinary nurses, we are able to provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic and management options for most soft tissue problems in dogs and cats. The advantage of working in a multi-disciplinary environment means each patient is assessed thoroughly with specialist input available from our anaesthetists, diagnostic imagers and internal medics when required.
We benefit from having a 24-hour staffed intensive care unit for when patients require a significant level of critical care before or after surgery.
If you are a referring veterinary surgeon and would like to discuss or refer a case, please contact our team. We will aim to reply as soon as possible.