Soft tissue surgery encompasses any surgery that is not related to bones. This includes procedures such as desexing, exploratory surgeries, caesareans, lump removals, biopsies, wound stitch-ups, removal of intestinal blockages - the list is endless! Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and well-equipped surgical suites at Gawler, Smithfield and Tanunda, allows us to perform the majority of soft tissue surgical procedures that your pet may require. If your pet requires a more complex surgery, your veterinarian will refer you to a specialist surgeon.
Desexing is the most common surgery performed by veterinarians. For more information about desexing your pet, please click here for the desexing page.
Another common soft tissue surgery is the removal of lumps. Whenever you find new lumps on your pet, it is worth having them checked by your vet. Although most lumps are benign (not harmful), a minority are more serious (malignant). In the case of malignant (cancerous) tumours, early removal and an accurate diagnosis is extremely important to maximise the chances of a good outcome for your pet. Your vet may recommend a biopsy of the lump before removal to determine whether it is benign or malignant. This information will allow your veterinarian to plan your pet's surgery, as some lumps may need quite a large surgery to remove. After surgery, your veterinarian will also recommend sending the lump to an external laboratory to determine the exact cell type, and to check that all the affected tissue was removed.
If you find a lump on your pet please make an appointment to visit your veterinarian to discuss any surgery your pet may require.