Small Animal Services

Soft Tissue Surgery

Routine soft tissue surgeries are performed Monday to Friday in in all clinics.

What is soft tissue surgery?

The body’s soft tissues are those parts not associated with the nervous (e.g. brain) and musculoskeletal (bone) systems. Soft tissue surgery is a broad discipline encompassing many of the surgeries you will be familiar with.

Common soft tissue surgical procedures performed by our expert vets include pet desexing, large mass or lump removals, respiratory and chest surgery, heart surgery, liver surgery, intestinal surgery and hernia repairs. Using advanced in-house technology, many surgeries can be minimally invasive.

Preparing for surgery

If your pet requires soft tissue surgery, our friendly staff will explain to you exactly what’s involved and what you’ll need to do, but here are the basics.

In the morning
Your pet will be admitted into our surgical ward in the morning by one of our friendly team. We’ll do a pre-anaesthetic exam during admission and usually sedate your pet a few hours before the surgery is scheduled once admitted to our surgical ward.

During surgery
General anaesthesia will be administered by our expert surgeon, and surgery is performed under close observation from the team of experienced nursing staff. Blood pressure, breathing rate, heart rate and blood oxygen levels are monitored while our expert surgeon carries out the operation. We continue to monitor your pet during the recovery stage and they will be clean, dry, warm and settled in their recovery cages.

What then?
In most cases pets are able to return home once they are awake, walking, and have their pain under control. If there are any concerns about a pet’s recovery we may keep them overnight for observation – your pet’s health is our top priority. Once your pet has returned home, we will provide you with comprehensive post-surgery care instructions.

If you’re worried about your pet’s health, contact your nearest Tableland Veterinary Service clinic today.

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