Soft Tissue Surgery
The highly skilled veterinarians at West Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital are experienced in all forms of soft tissue surgery and are committed to getting the best outcome for your pet’s health.
What is soft tissue surgery?
The body’s soft tissues are those parts not associated with the nervous (e.g. brain) and musculoskeletal (bone) systems. Soft tissue surgery is a broad discipline encompassing many of the surgeries you will be familiar with.
Common soft tissue surgical procedures performed by our expert vets include pet desexing, large mass or lump removals, respiratory and chest surgery, heart surgery, liver surgery and intestinal surgery. Using advanced technology in our state of the art vet clinic many surgeries can be minimally invasive.
If your pet requires soft tissue surgery, our friendly staff will explain to you exactly what’s involved and what you’ll need to do, but here are the basics.
In the morning
Your pet will receive a pre-surgical health check, before being admitted into the hospital by one of our veterinary team. Once admitted your pet will be settled into their cosy hospital bed, by on of our dedicated nurses, who will be on hand to care for your pet during their hospital stay. Depending on when their surgical procedure is scheduled, your pet will be administered a pre-anesthetic sedation, usually given 1hr prior to their surgery being performed. This helps prepare your pet for anesthesia, reduce unnecessary stress, and smooths their wake-up and recovery.
General anesthesia will be induced by the veterinary surgeon, and closely monitored by both the vet and the team of experienced nursing staff. Blood pressure, breathing rate and blood oxygen levels are monitored while our surgeon carries out the operation. We continue to monitor your pet during the recovery stage and ensure they are clean, dry, warm and settled in their hospital bed.
Once your pet is awake, walking, and their pain is under control. We will call you, to advise what time your pet will be ready for pick, and how your pets surgery & recovery went-If we have any concerns about a pet’s recovery we may keep them overnight for observation – your pet’s health is our top priority.
Your pet will be discharged by their anaesthetic nurse, who monitored your pet during surgery. They will discuss your pets required care, during their healing process, and you will receive comprehensive post-surgery care instructions, to take home.