Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery is surgery on skin, muscle or inside the abdomen or the chest. The most common reason for our pets to undergo soft tissue surgery (apart from desexing) is to remove a lump or growth. The other reasons for undergoing surgery are investigating gastrointestinal complaints such as blockages or perforations, emergency repair of a skin or muscle wound, abscess or cyst drainage. Depending on the type of surgery your pet is undergoing they may have a skin or abdominal incision, they may have tissue removed or wounds repaired. If a large amount of tissue is removed the surgeon may place a drain which helps draw fluid away from the surgery site stopping undue pressure on the suture line. Sometimes a row of neat stitches is all that is obvious from your pet's surgery! 

During recovery your pet is consistently monitored by our team of well trained nurses to ensure they are clean, dry, warm and settled.  If a bandage has been applied the nurses will monitor your pet to ensure that they adjust to it & don't lick or chew at it or their sutures.  If this is the case, or if you have doubts about being able to stop them licking or chewing, we will place an Elizabethan collar around their neck to stop this.  These should be worn at all times unless full supervision can be given (sometimes up to 2 weeks) depending on what surgery they have undergone.  It is important too to monitor the wound & contact your friendly team if you are at all worried.  All medication must be given to the end of its course & all recommended post-surgical check-ups must be followed.