Soft tissue and general surgery

South Devon Veterinary Hospital offers a full range of surgical services, operating to the highest standards. We have four dedicated operating theaters providing ophthalmic (eye), soft tissue, orthopedic (bone) and keyhole surgery as well as routine procedures such as neutering and dentistry.  We also offer referral surgical services. To meet our surgeons why not visit our staff page.

Soft Tissue and General Surgery

We are able to carry out a wide range of soft tissue surgery including neutering, lump removals, thyroidectomys as well as abdominal and thoracic surgery. All operations are carried out in our state of the art theaters in strict aseptic condition. Why not have a look on our tour. We are also able to offer advanced surgical procedures a lot of them using minimally invasive techniques.

Advanced surgery- what can we offer?

We are able to carry out many soft tissue surgical procedures using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. Resulting in a more rapid recovery and reducing pain for our patients. One of the most commonly performed laparoscopic procedures is neutering of female dogs – also called a ‘keyhole spay’.

Our focus in planning all surgical and diagnostic procedures is to use the most minimally invasive approach possible, for example:

  • For short nosed dogs (e.g. pugs, french bulldogs, bulldogs) that suffer from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Disease (BOAS), our minimally invasive approach has many benefits. Our endoscopes allow us to properly assess the airways and gastrointestinal tract (many of these dogs will have inflamed oesophagus or stomach) if required before surgery. Our ultrasonic scalpel allows us to carry out the surgery with no bleeding at all into the airway – bleeding into the airway poses a risk of serious complications when the surgery is carried out without such advanced technology.
  • For dogs or cats with ear disease, that may be referred for Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA), we are able to fully assess the ears before surgery using both CT and otoendoscopy. In many cases we may be able to identify a cause for the ear disease that may then avoid the need for major surgery. Where this is not the case, we can better plan the surgery using this information.
  • For dogs and cats referred with stones in their urine, that may be causing them trouble urinating (Urolithiasis), in most cases we will be able to remove the stones either with no incisions at all (in many female dogs and cats), or through small keyhole incisions. The pets recover much quicker than when open bladder surgery is used.

  • For dogs or cats that require exploratory surgery to collect samples of organs (for example a liver biopsy), we are able to carry this out using keyhole surgery.