Soft Tissue Surgery

General Services

Soft Tissue Surgery

At All Creatures, our theatres are equipped to deal with most types of soft tissue surgery such as:-

Wound management

  • Closure of complicated and contaminated wounds such as bite wounds, gun shot wounds and road traffic accident wounds.
  • Wound drainage techniques

Surgery of the peripheral nervous system

  • End to end anastomosis of nerves following trauma by deep lacerations, projectiles, bite wounds and fractures.
  • Nerve biopsy to confirm distal axonopathies
  • Tendon transfer to treat sciatic nerve paralysis

Muscle surgery

  • Muscle biopsy to confirm myositis and to investigate muscle stiffness, weakness and atrophy (wasting)

Eye surgery

  • Entropion correction (inward turning of the eyelids)
  • Ectropion correction (outward turning of the eyelids)
  • Eyelid reconstruction following lacerations, removal of eyelid tumours
  • Removal of abnormal eyelashes and hairs (distichiasis) by electrocautery and cryosurgery
  • Closing the eyelids temporarily to protect injuries (tarsorraphy)
  • Temporary eversion of the eyelids in shar-pei puppies
  • Repair of corneal and conjunctival adhesions (symblepharon)
  • Repair of corneal lacerations
  • Conjunctival flap surgery to protect corneal abrasion and ulcers
  • Removal of conjunctival tumours
  • Correction of scrolled cartilage of the third eyelid (membrane nictitans)
  • Third eyelid flap to protect and aid healing of corneal abrasion
  • Replacement of prolapsed tear gland (cherry eye)
  • Parotid duct transposition to aid treatment of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)
  • Assessment of nasolacrimal drainage system, flushing blocked tear ducts and repair of imperforate lacrimal puncta
  • Superficial keratectomy
  • Removal of the eyeball (enucleation)
  • Replacement of prolapsed eyeball

Surgery of the ear

  • Repair of aural haematoma (a blood filled swelling on the flap of the ear)
  • Lateral ear canal resection to improve treatment of chronic ear infections
  • Removal of ear canal tumours and polyps
  • Total ear canal ablation
  • Bulla osteotomy to treat otitis media

Surgery of the oral cavity

  • Congenital cleft  palate repair
  • Oronasal fistula repair
  • Intraoral radiography
  • Management of periodontal disease, calculus / tartar removal, dental polishing
  • Removal of dentigerous cysts
  • Removal of oral tumours – epulis, melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma

Surgery for the pharynx

  • Shortening of elongated soft palate
  • Removal of nasopharyngeal polyps in cats
  • Nasogastric tube placement
  • Salivary cyst removal (sialocele)

Surgery of the oesophagus

  • Oesophageal foreign body removal
  • Placement of oesophageal feeding tubes

Surgery of the stomach

  • Gastrotomy to remove gastric foreign bodies and explore the stomach for tumours and ulcers
  • Management of gastric-dilatation-volvulus syndrome (gastric torsion)
  • Pyloromyotomy, pyloroplasty and pyloric resection to relieve pyloric stenosis
  • Intussusceptive hiatal hernia repair

Surgery of the intestines

  • Intestinal resection and anastomosis following damage from foreign bodies and intussusceptions
  • Enterotomy to remove intestinal foreign bodies
  • Management and prevention  of intestinal intussusception
  • Management of rectal prolapse
  • Treatment of feline colonic obstruction (megacolon), colectomy to relieve chronic constipation 
  • Surgical management of perianal fistulas (anal furunculosis)
  • Anal gland removal for dogs with chronic scent gland problems

Surgery of the liver

  • Liver biopsy to investigate liver disease
  • Partial hepatectomy and liver lobe removal for liver cancers
  • Gall bladder removal and exploration
  • Repair of traumatic diaphragmatic hernia

Surgery of the nasal cavity

  • Rhinotomy to  treat chronic nasal infections, remove tumours and foreign bodies
  • Correction of stenotic nares (narrow nostrils) especially in Shih Tzus

Surgery of the larynx and trachea

  • Resection of everted laryngeal saccules
  • Management of brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Treatment of laryngeal paralysis
  • Tracheostomy to improve breathing in upper airway obstruction

Surgery of the lungs

  • Partial and complete lung lobectomy for removal of lung tumours
  • Thoracotomy and chest drainage to manage pleural effusions such as pyothorax, chylothorax
  • Use of mesh implants to reconstruct thoracic wall defects

Surgery of the urinary system

  • Nephrectomy for renal cysts, tumours and hydronephrosis
  • Removal of renal stones
  • Repair of ectopic ureter
  • Cystotomy for removal of bladder stones
  • Surgical management of urethral stones, urethrostomy
  • Resection and anastomosis of urethral prolapse
  • Management of prostatic cysts

Surgery of the reproductive system

  • Ovariohysterectomy (neutering )
  • Caesarian section
  • Removal of vaginal tumours, episotomy
  • Episioplasty
  • Castration and surgical exploration  for retained testicles
  • Surgical management of recurring paraphimosis 
  • Mammary tumour removal – lumpectomy, partial mammectomy and complete mastectomy.

Surgery of the adrenal gland and thyroid gland

  • Adrenalectomy for adrenal based tumours in Cushings disease
  • Thyroidectomy to treat hyperthyroidism in cats

Hernia repair

  • Umbilical hernias
  • Inguinal hernias
  • Perineal hernias
  • Diaphragmatic hernias
  • Traumatic abdominal hernias

Surgery of the skin

  • Skin grafting
  • Surgical management of elbow hygromas
  • Management of lip fold pyoderma
  • Management of tail fold pyoderma
  • Treatment of thermal burns 
  • Management of nasal or facial fold pyoderma

Surgery of the heart

  • Surgical correction of patent ductus arteriosus
  • Surgical correction of persistent right aortic arch
  • Management of pericardial effusion

Surgery of the lymph glands

  • Lymph node biopsy to evaluate lymph gland swellings

Surgery of the spleen

  • Splenectomy for splenic tumours – splenic haemangiosarcoma

Surgery of tendons

  • Tendon repair – calcanean tendon, severed digital flexor tendons