Pet Soft Tissue Surgery

This intricate surgery can be very difficult to manage, and many pet owners can grow concerned with how this is done, but here at Atlas Animal Hospital, your pet will be in good hands. We have extensive training to help deal with the different maladies of tissue surgery so that the best care is administered.

The Soft Tissue Surgery at Atlas Animal Hospital covers wound healing and reconstruction, minimally-invasive surgery, and urinary surgery. We employ advanced surgical techniques and perioperative care, by using cutting edge techniques by our surgical and medical teams for all pets in our care.

Some Soft Tissue Surgery includes:

Adrenalectomy is the removal of one or both adrenal glands. There is one adrenal gland on top of each kidney. The adrenal glands make several hormones, including cortisol, aldosterone, and sex steroids. The adrenal glands also make adrenaline and noradrenaline in small amounts.

Cystoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure which helps in the diagnosis of urinary wellness. This proceedure is performed under anesthesia, involves threading a thin tube which has a light and camera on the end, through your pet’s urethra and into its bladder. Your pet needs to refrain from eating for at least twelve hours prior to the procedure. The cystoscopy is performed in the relaxed surroundings of our veterinary facility. Once your pet is comfortably sedated we fill her bladder with a sterile saline solution. This inflates the bladder to a point where we can insert the scope through the urethra and inspect it for any abnormalities, stones, lumps or masses.

Chylothorax characterized by the accumulation of chyle within the thoracic cavity, is a relatively uncommon disease that affects dogs and cats. Chyle has a characteristic milky appearance and it contains small molecules of fat. After eating, food is digested by your pet and the fatty component of the meal is further broken down into small molecules termed chylomicrons. The intestinal lymphatic system that travels to a structure called the cisterna chyli (CC), which is located in the front portion of the abdomen, near the kidneys, absorbs these small molecules. The CC is a lymphatic reservoir that receives chyle from the intestine but also receives lymphatic fluid from the rest of the abdomen and pelvic limbs. The thoracic duct (TD) is the extension of the CC into the chest, which carries chyle into the thoracic cavity and eventually empties its contents into the cranial vena cava (CrVC) close to the heart. In pets affected with chylothorax there is an abnormality in the TD that causes it to leak chyle into the thoracic cavity. These pets have difficulty breathing as the chyle that builds up in the chest prevents their lungs from fully inflating with air. The lymphatic fluid that is also a main component of chyle contains protein, white blood cells, and vitamins. The loss of large amounts of chyle into the thorax can weaken your pet’s immune system and create severe metabolic disorders. Chyle is also an irritant and chronic exposure to the lining of the lungs (pleura) and heart (pericardium) can lead to inflammation of those surfaces with further deleterious consequences.

Gastropexy: Gastric dilation volvulus or bloat is a common life threatening condition that affects large or deep chested dogs. Gastropexy may save your dog’s life. It is a bizarre, unpredictable, and potentially catastrophic event in which fermented gas accumulates in a dog’s stomach and causes the entire organ to twist and flip over on its long axis. Left untreated, bloat can kill a dog within a matter of hours. Treatment often consists of a gastropexy (or “pexy”), in which the dog’s stomach is sutured to the body wall, preventing it from twisting.

Intestinal Biopsy: There are several disorders that can cause intermittent diarrhea in dogs. Your veterinarian will conduct fecal tests and blood tests to check for parasites and bacterial infections, two of the most frequent causes of chronic diarrhea. An intestinal biopsy is also important for making a definitive diagnosis. This will involve surgical removal of a sample of tissue from the intestinal wall for examination. As immunosuppression is the primary treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, it is vital to rule out any possible infectious causes of several gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, like histoplasmosis, salmonella, or giardia.

Lung Lobe Resection: Lung lobe torsion is a rare pulmonary disorder in small animals and in humans. Torsion occurs when the lung lobe rotates around the bronchus and vascular supply and remains in that position. Lung lobe torsion is a life-threatening condition. The patient may present in an acute, fulminant respiratory crisis; however, more subtle clinical signs have also been reported. Lung lobe torsion may be secondary to an underlying pathology or spontaneous and idiopathic. Surgical resection of the affected lung lobe is the treatment of choice. The prognosis depends on the underlying cause.

Laparoscopy: Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) inserted through a small incision in the abdominal wall magnifies the internal structures on a medical grade monitor. Surgical instrumentation is introduced through a working channel in the laparoscope, to allow surgical procedures to be carried out. Laparoscopy has been adopted as a surgical technique which reduces surgical trauma, is more precise and has significantly reduced recovery time when compared to traditional open surgeries. Laparoscopic surgery is used for several procedures including organ biopsies (liver and kidney), removing retained testicles, spays and gastropexies. The traditional method used in spaying, for example, has been to remove the entire reproductive tract (ovaries and uterus) through a large incision in the abdomen. The use of a laparoscope now makes this procedure much less invasive and less painful for your pet.