What is soft tissue surgery? Soft tissue surgery is considered any surgery that is performed that is not orthopedic. This can range anywhere from splenectomy (spleen removal) to a mass or foreign body removal and even a c-section.
Many soft tissue surgeries are performed by Dr. Wendi Aengus or Dr. Liz Milauskas at Encina Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek, California (Contra Costa County). On occasion, the longer, more complex procedures are performed by our board certified veterinary surgeon, Dr. Carl Koehler.
COMMON SOFT TISSUE SURGERIES OFFERED
Advanced wound treatment
Arytenoid lateralization (Laryngeal paralysis)
Brachycephalic syndrome correction
Emergency surgery and trauma
Foreign body and/or mass removal
Gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat)
Gastrointestinal foreign body removal
Organ and gland removals
(liver lobectomy, splenectomy, thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, adrenalectomy, etc.)
(typically due to trauma or tumor removals)
(lung lobectomy, pericardectomy)
PAIN MANAGEMENT AFTER SURGERY
Because these procedures are quite invasive, your pets’ pain management protocol will be customized to his or her specific needs depended on their medical history/health and surgical procedure. As always, we work with you to decide what is best for your pet.
Wound Soaker Catheter: This is a catheter that is placed at the site of surgery and releases lidocaine to your pet around the clock to minimize their pain. This is primarily used in amputations.
Epidurals: A catheter is placed in the spine region that releases pain and anesthetic medication to block the transmission of signals through nerves in or near the spinal cord.
Nerve Blocks: An injection is administered to block the nerves from accessing the point of pain; it numbs the nerves and does not let the pain receptors communicate pain to the brain.
Inject-able and Oral Analgesics: Injections and oral medications are used to treat pain while in the hospital, and also once the pet goes home; sometimes a combination of the two are used to ensure your pet is comfortable.
Constant Intravenous Infusions: Your pet may receive constant pain medications through his or her indwelling intravenous catheter; this ensures they have a constant stream of pain medication in their blood stream to keep them comfortable.
Once surgery is complete, your pet will stay here at our hospital overnight (most likely) where trained technicians will monitor and administer pain medication, care and support around the clock. We encourage all pet owners to come visit their pet during this time.