Soft Tissue Procedures

Soft Tissue Surgery

Your pet is booked in for surgery and this can be a worrying time for you and your family. Be assured the team at Rural Vets are committed to making your pet's stay with us as safe and stress free as possible. We are able to perform the majority of soft tissue surgeries and some orthopaedics. Occasionally, the complexity of the surgical procedure required may mean that your pet's surgery is best done in the hands of a specialist surgeon - we have good relationships with a number of specialist surgeons in both South Australia and Victoria that we know and trust. Your vet will be able to advise you if this is required.

Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and our practice’s fully equipped surgical suite allows us to perform the vast majority of soft tissue surgical procedures that your pet may require. Soft tissue surgery includes any surgical procedure that does not involve bones. For example,

  • Desexing,
  • Exploratory Laparotomies,
  • Caesareans,
  • Lump Removals,
  • Biopsies,
  • Wound stitch-ups,
  • Removal of intestinal foreign bodies

A very common soft tissue surgery is the removal of lumps. Some lumps may require a biopsy prior to removal to help understand whether they are cancerous or not. This information assists us in planning the surgery accordingly to give your pet the best possible outcome. Once they have been removed we recommend sending them to our external laboratory for analysis.

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.

If you find a lump or bump on your pet please make an appointment to visit one of our veterinarians to discuss any surgery your pet may require.

If your pet suffers an injury where it may need a stitch-up it is best attended to within 24 hours of the injury occurring. Wounds that are left longer than this generally cannot be stitched and become 'contaminated' and are more easily infected, resulting in post-operative complications.