We operate on most types of case and condition, from the most common surgeries to more involved and exacting procedures. We have certain areas where we have longstanding prowess and experience. So neuterings, both for males and females (castrations and spayings) are common. Our attitude here is that although these are seen as routine, this does not mean that the operation is to be taken lightly. This is especially true of the bitch spay. This can be a serious surgery, so we take it seriously. That is not to say that we are pessimistic, but rather we aim to be careful and avoid pitfalls before they arise.
On the other end of the spectrum we are often content to do surgery that is seen by some as out of the normal remit of a Veterinary Surgeon in general practice. This is certainly the case with respect to Ophthalmology as can be seen at Vetvision.com, but there are other areas of surgical interest and experience that we have good ability and competence in. This is especially true in Soft Tissue Surgery. We enjoy this discipline and are up to the challenge of most procedures.
Within Soft Tissue Surgery we will undertake operations as diverse as:-
- Tongue surgery,
- Palate Surgery (for overlong Palate or Cleft Palate),
- Nasal Surgery for narrow openings and for Tumours,
- Laryngeal tie-back (for laryngeal paresis),
- Bulla Osteotomy (middle ear surgery),
- Aural Resection and related procedures (outer ear surgery),
- Thoracotomies in certain cases. (opening into the chest),
- Coeliotomy/Laparotomy (investigating inside the abdomen):-
- Liver Biopsy and other Liver surgery,
- Gastrotomy (opening the stomach for foreign bodies etc),
- Partial Gastrectomy (removal of a portion of the stomach),
- Enterotomy (opening the intestine for foreign bodies etc),
- Enterectomy and anastomosis (removal of part of the intestine and rejoining the cut ends),
- Liver Biopsy,
- Lymph Node Biopsy,
- Pancreatic Biopsy,
- Partial nephrectomy/biopsy (Biopsy of the kidney),
- Cystotomy (Opening into the bladder for stones etc),
- Partial Cystectomy (removal of part of the bladder for tumours etc),
- Urethrotomy/Urethrostomy (Opening into the outflow tube from the bladder to remove stones, and or make a permanent opening),
- Stabilisation of Gastric Torsion (treatment of a badly twisted stomach-a true emergency),
- Splenectomy (removal of the spleen),
- Prostate Surgery (including omentalisation for paraprostatic cysts),
- Repair of Diaphragmatic Rupture/ Hernia,
- Ovarian Tumour Removal,
- Ovariohysterectomy (Spay) including for Pyometra,
- Caesarian section,
- Hernia Reduction
- Perineal (swelling near the anus),
- Mastectomy (removal of a mammary gland or glands),
- Oncological Surgery (surgery for dealing with masses and tumours including melanomas and mast cell tumours),
- Various Flaps and Skin Procedures to deal with defects or lack of skin due to burns, trauma or tumours or degloving of a limb.,
We also perform Orthopaedic Surgery which varies from Joint Surgery to Fracture fixation.
We have experience of, and are comfortable with several Orthopaedic procedures including:-
- Various Fracture Fixations which vary from Internal Fixation of the bone fragments to External Fixator usage(placing a scaffold outside the fractured limb to stabilise the fracture).
- Conservative management of fractures using External Fixation such as splints, casts and dressings.
- Reducing Luxations (dislocations), including Hip, Elbow and Mandibular Luxations.
- Arthrotomy (opening a joint) such as Stifle (knee) Arthrotomy to examine the Menisci (cartilages) and Ligaments, or to remove Degenerative Cartilage in developmental disease (such as OCD or Osteochondroses).
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture, Stifle Stabilisation,Stifle (knee) Surgery to correct Patellar Luxation (Knee-cap malalignment/disclocation) using Patellar Grooving, Fascia Lata overlap, Patello-Fabello sutures and Tibial Tuberosity Transposition.
- Femoral Head and Neck Excision. This is for badly fractured hips and where there is bony disease and degeneration, usually in small breed dogs, and cats. Also for some Luxated (dislocated) Hips.
- Amputations for Bone Tumours or similar, and Partial Amputation of the Tail where stabilisation is a remote possibility.
- Prosthetic Ligament Placement for Ligamentous damage to Joints.
We are keen on surgery and seek to do a good job with feasible outcomes. We constantly look at new procedures and ideas within the field of Surgery.