At Petlove Veterinary Hospital in Elk Grove, CA, we offer specialized soft tissue surgery services to treat a range of conditions in pets. These procedures are vital for addressing and resolving numerous health issues that affect the lives of your pets.

What is Soft Tissue Surgery?

Soft tissue surgery encompasses any surgical procedure that is not related to the bones or joints. This includes surgeries involving the skin, muscles, internal organs, and tumors. Common soft tissue surgeries include spaying and neutering, hernia repairs, and the removal of tumors.

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Our Soft Tissue Surgery Services Include:

  • Spaying and Neutering: Essential for controlling the pet population and preventing diseases.
  • Mass Removals: Surgical removal of benign or malignant tumors.
  • Gastrointestinal Surgeries: Such as foreign body removals when pets ingest objects that could obstruct their digestive tract.
  • Urinary Tract Surgeries: Including procedures to remove bladder stones or correct other urinary tract issues.
  • Emergency Surgeries: For conditions like bloat, which require immediate intervention.

Benefits of Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Enhanced Quality of Life: Many conditions that require soft tissue surgery can significantly impact your pet’s comfort and activity level. Surgery can alleviate pain and improve overall quality of life.
  • Prevention of More Serious Conditions: Early surgical intervention can prevent more serious health issues and complications.
  • Improved Longevity: Addressing and resolving underlying health issues can extend your pet’s lifespan and improve their overall health.

Preparing Your Pet for Surgery

Prior to surgery, we will conduct a thorough physical examination and necessary diagnostic tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure. We will provide you with specific pre-operative instructions, which typically include fasting your pet for several hours.

Postoperative Care and Recovery

Post-surgery, we provide comprehensive care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. This includes pain management, wound care, and activity restrictions. Follow-up appointments are essential to monitor healing and address any concerns.

Schedule a Consultation

If you believe your pet may benefit from soft tissue surgery, or if you have been referred by another veterinarian, please contact us at (916) 359-9996 to schedule a consultation. Our skilled team is ready to provide the highest level of care and support throughout the surgical process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Soft Tissue Surgery

What is considered soft tissue surgery?

Soft tissue surgery refers to any surgical procedure that involves the body’s soft tissues, including the skin, muscle, fat, and internal organs. This contrasts with orthopedic surgery, which focuses on bones and joints.

What are some common types of soft tissue surgeries?

Common soft tissue surgeries include spay and neuter procedures, tumor removals, hernia repairs, and surgeries to address issues in the gastrointestinal or urinary systems, such as removing bladder stones or foreign objects.

How do I know if my pet needs soft tissue surgery?

Signs that your pet might need soft tissue surgery include visible tumors, symptoms of pain, digestive issues (like vomiting or diarrhea that doesn’t resolve), abnormal swelling, or changes in urinary habits. A veterinary examination can determine if surgery is necessary.
vIs soft tissue surgery safe for my pet?

Yes, soft tissue surgery is generally safe. We utilize advanced surgical techniques and conduct thorough pre-surgical assessments to minimize risks. Our veterinary team is experienced in performing these surgeries and managing any associated risks.

How should I prepare my pet for surgery?

Before surgery, we might ask you to fast your pet for several hours and provide any current health information. We’ll give you specific instructions based on the type of surgery and your pet’s health condition.

What can I expect during my pet’s recovery from soft tissue surgery?

Recovery depends on the type of surgery performed but generally includes pain management, restricted activity, and wound care. We will provide detailed postoperative care instructions and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your pet’s recovery.

How long is the recovery period after soft tissue surgery?

The recovery period can vary from a few days to several weeks, depending on the surgery’s extent and the pet’s overall health. During the recovery phase, it’s crucial to follow all veterinary advice and keep your pet calm and confined to allow healing.