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Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft Tissue Surgery

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Andergrove
QLD 4740

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07 4955 6000

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Coles Complex, Northern Beaches Shopping Centre
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QLD 4740

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Soft tissue surgery is just that - surgery of just about anything that is not bone! We commonly perform soft tissue surgery on just about all the body systems. Some common surgeries would include:

  • Bladder stone removal - surgical removal of stones from the bladder to correct cystitis and blockage of the urinary tract.
  • Caesarian section and assisted whelpings - some dogs and some breeds have difficulty giving birth and a caesarian section is performed just like in a human hospital. Always a favourite with the nurses!
  • Foreign body removals from the intestinal tract - this rewarding surgery involves the removal (via surgery or endoscopy) of all the amazing things that pets can swallow - string, golf balls, stone fruits, corn cobs to name but a few! If diagnosed and treated early this is a successful surgery but can be life threatening if there is already rupture or severe damage to the intestinal tract.
  • Gastric dilatation (bloat) - this is a life threatening condition where the stomach becomes massively dilated and can sometimes twist (volvulus).
  • Anal gland flushing or removal - infected or blocked anal glands are a common problem in dogs.
  • Soft palate / Blocked Nostril repair - many smaller breed dogs have an overly long soft palate and squashed nostrils. If treated at an early age (6 months to 2 years) this treatment is lifelong and highly successful.
  • Skin surgeries would include haemangiomas (huge blood blisters) on the ear and skin biopsies.  We also commonly perform lump removals for diagnostic or cancer treatment.  Skin flaps and grafts are often required to allow cancers to be removed completely and prevent regrowth or recurrence.  (Click here for more information on cancer treatment).
  • Wound management is an area of great expertise within the practice - wounds can reach an alarming size after road traffic accidents, dog attacks, or cancer surgery. They must be managed with a combination of pain relief, nutrition, high technology dressings and sometimes advanced surgical techniques to graft or flap skin from other parts of the body.
  • Eyes can develop painful ulcers which sometimes need to be debrided (surgically cleaned up) under general anaesthesia.
  • Ears can develop painful infections or rupture of the ear drum and these are often managed by gentle but thorough flushing under anaesthesia.