Soft Tissue Surgery
Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)
A Total Ear Canal Ablationis a procedure used to manage severe canal or middle ear disease in dogs where other methods of treatment have failed. A TECA essentially involves the removal of the diseased and infected ear canal whilst leaving the hearing organ itself (the inner ear) in place. The middle ear chamber (tympanic bulla) is carefully inspected by the surgeon and any abnormal tissue or material is removed.
Surgical exploration of the abdominal cavity including but not limited to:
- Liver Lobectomy: Removal of one of the lobes of the liver
- Splenectomy: Removal of the splene
- Nephrectomy: Removal of one of the kidneys
A cystotomy is a surgical opening created in the wall of the urinary bladder. This procedure allows the surgeon to look inside the bladder. Cystotomy is most often used for the treatment of bladder problems including, but not limited to, removal of bladder stones, bladder tumors, and blood clots.
Anal gland removal is a procedure that will provide the pet with permanent relief of anal gland impaction, infection, and abscessation.
A mucocele of the gallbladder describes an over-distended gallbladder filled with mucoid or clear and watery content. To treat a gallbladder mucocele, the gallbladder is surgically removed.
Perineal Urethrostomy (PU)
A urethrostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. The procedure is done to correct full or partial obstruction to urine flow, a life-threatening condition. A urethrostomy relives obstructions caused by protein plugs, stones, trauma, or scarring.
Thoracic (chest) surgery is performed through either a lateral thoracotomy (approach between the ribs) or medial sternotomy (approach through the sternum). A thoracotomy is commonly performed when there is a collapsed lung, lung lobe torsion, thoracic infection, or for pericardiectomy.
Pericardiectomy is the removal of most of the pericardium, or heart sac . This is major chest surgery and is performed via a thoracotomy (opening the chest between the ribs). A pericardiectomy is required when there is recurrent build-up of fluid in the pericardial sac or when the pericardium becomes fibrosed (thickened and restrictive) resulting in constriction of the heart. The heart becomes unable to pump and circulate blood normally, leading to symptoms of heart failure.
A biopsy is a surgical procedure in which a tissue sample is removed from the body and examined under a microscope. A biopsy allows your veterinarian or a laboratory technician to determine the types of cells in a tissue sample.
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