Soft Tissue Surgery
At Cape Veterinary Clinic, we understand the importance of providing exceptional care for your beloved pets. Led by Dr. Mark House and our dedicated veterinary team, we offer a comprehensive range of soft tissue surgeries to address various medical conditions and ensure the well-being of your furry companions.
Soft tissue surgeries relate to procedures involving your best friend’s organs. CVC provides the following types of soft tissue procedures at our hospital:
Repair of a swelling of the perineum (buttocks region)
Repair of a swelling between the back legs.
Cleft Palate Repair
Repair of a hole in the upper jaw
Removal of mammary (breast) cancer
Spleen removal usually due to suspected cancer and abdominal bleeding
Removal of a section of the liver usually due to suspected cancer.
GDV (Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Treatment of a twisted stomach (causing life-threatening bloat) by returning it to the normal position and tacking it in place to prevent recurrence.
Stomach tacking to prevent a life-threatening twisted stomach (GDV).
The small intestine may need to be opened to remove foreign material causing obstruction or to collect a biopsy. A segment of intestine may require removal if cancer is present or the intestine is diseased.
The stomach may need to be opened to remove ingested foreign material or collect a biopsy. Partial stomach wall removal may be required for cancers or wall injury.
Ventral Bulla Osteotomy
Opening up the middle ear region (bulla) to remove disease, most often inflammatory polyps in cats.
Salivary Mucocele Treatment
Removal of salivary glands and associated swellings most commonly found in the lower jaw/neck region.
Removal of the ear flap most often for cancer or injury.
Creating a new urinary opening in the perineal (buttocks) region to alleviate urination straining/obstruction. Often performed in male cats.
Creating a new urinary opening in the scrotal (between the legs) region to alleviate urination straining/obstruction. Often performed in male dogs.
Urethral Prolapse Repair
Treatment for urethral tissue which is exposed.
Removal of a diseased kidney.
Prostatic Disease Treatment
Surgical treatment of the prostate for enlargement, infection and cancer.
Removal of excess scrotum tissue.
Inguinal Cryptorchid Castration
Removal of retained testes from the flank fold region.
Gallbladder removal typically for inflammatory disease, infections or cancer.
Redirecting the flow of bile from the common bile duct due to obstruction.
Removal of the thyroid gland usually because of enlargement from cancers.
Removal of the parathyroid gland usually because of a cancer causing increased calcium.
Removal of the adrenal gland often due to enlargement from cancers which may or may not produce excess hormones.
Removal of part of the pancreas due to infections or cancers which may or may not produce excess hormones.
Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)
Complete removal of the ear canal which is often indicated for chronic infections not responding to medical therapy. May also be indicated to remove cancers.
Most of the large intestine (colon) is removed usually for megacolon (abnormally enlarged colon) in cats causing severe constipation.
Tacking the colon inside to prevent prolapse of the rectum.
Eversion of the rectal tissue to remove polyps often causing straining or bloody stools.
The anal sac is removed to address chronic inflammation and infections, obstructions and enlargement which may be due to cancer.
Assessment of all the abdominal organs is performed to look for abnormalities. Biopsies are often collected to look for microscopic disease.
A reconstructive procedure to address recurring urinary tract infections in females with a ‘hooded’ or recessed vulva.
An abdominal incision is made to open the uterus for retrieving fetuses, often for dystocia (animal may be stuck in the birth canal or the mother can’t push them out). Sometimes scheduled by breeders.
A spay procedure (OHE) is performed to treat the pyometra condition which is an infection of the uterus.
Removal of a lung lobe to treat infections, rupture, twisting and cancer.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Ligation
Ligation (tying off) an abnormal blood vessel in the heart connecting the pulmonary artery and aorta.
A portion of the heart covering (pericardium) is removed to relieve pressure around the heart.
Creation of a new opening in the bladder for connection with the ureter. Usually performed for ectopic ureters (abnormal development of the urinary system).
Opening the urinary bladder usually to remove bladder stones or treat other abnormalities within.
Extrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Ligation
A metal ring called an ameroid constrictor is placed around an abnormal blood vessel in the abdomen which is shunting (redirecting) blood around the liver instead of through it.
Removal of cancerous masses which are then sent to the lab for microscopic analysis to determine the type and if complete removal was achieved.
Skin Flap/Skin Graft
After removal of a cancerous mass there may be a large wound requiring closure. If the local tissues are not enough for wound closure, a rotation of nearby skin (skin flap) or movement of skin from far away (skin graft) may be required.
Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair
The diaphragm divides the chest from the abdomen, keeping the organs in place. If the diaphragm is open from a trauma or a growth defect, a repair is required to avoid life-threatening risk.
Brachycephalic breeds have a short nose confirmation which can lead to difficult breathing. Correction for most of these issues including opening the nasal passages (rhinoplasty), trimming an overlong soft palate and removing everted saccules can help.
For patients diagnosed with the laryngeal paralysis condition (closed airway), a surgical procedure is performed to tie the airway partially open.
A new airway opening is created for patients with collapsed or obstructed upper airways.
The eye removed typically for conditions causing blindness, cancers or severe trauma.
Eyelid Tumor Excision
Removal of masses growing on the eyelid which may cause irritation impairing vision.
A technique performed to treat melting ulcers of the cornea.
A technique performed to treat melting ulcers of the cornea.
Surgical treatment of eyelids which are rolled inwards causing irritation.
Thoracic Duct Ligation
Treatment for a condition called chylothorax.
For any inquiries regarding our comprehensive soft tissue surgery services or to schedule an appointment to discuss surgical options for your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact Cape Veterinary Clinic. Our dedicated team is here to address your concerns and provide the best possible care for your furry friend. Whether you have questions about specific surgeries or want to explore treatment options, we are just a phone call away. Reach out to us at (207) 799-2188, and our compassionate staff will assist you in scheduling a consultation.
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