Mount Barker Veterinary Hospital

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Surgical Procedures

Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic surgery encompasses any surgery that is related to bones or joints. Our veterinary hospital has a fully equipped surgical facility which allows us to perform certain orthopaedic surgical procedures that your pet may require. These may include:

  • Fracture repairs
  • Cranial cruciate ligament repair
  • Amputations
  • Arthrodesis procedures
  • Excision arthroplasty

 

                                                                                                      

 

 

Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery encompasses any surgery that is not related to bones. It includes procedures such as desexing, exploratory laporotomies, caesareans, lump removals, biopsies, wound stitch-ups, removal of intestinal foreign bodies - the list is endless!

 

A very common soft tissue surgery is the removal of lumps. 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. Once we have surgically removed lumps we recommend sending them to our external laboratory for analysis and diagnosis. We can store the tissues lumps following surgery if you decide at any later stage to have them analysed.

 

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. 

 

Ophthalmic Surgery

Ophthalmic surgery is the specific area of pet care involving treatment of an animal’s eyes.

 

Eye examinations require specific equipment, such as an ophthalmoscope (a magnifying light to look into the eye). Our veterinarians may also use a special dye called fluorescein (it glows a green/yellow colour under a UV light) to identify damage to the cornea (the clear layer at the front of the eye). Many eye conditions can be treated medically, however, specific conditions may require surgery.

 

Our practice is fully equipped to offer the following eye surgeries:

  • Enucleation (removal) of the eye for severe glaucoma, trauma, chronic conditions, or cancer cases 
  • Entropion surgery to prevent ocular damage from inward pointing eye lashes/eyelids
  • Ectropion surgery to correct outward facing lower eyelids
  • Eyelid tumour removal
  • 'Cherry eye' surgery to correct a protruding third eyelid in dogs
  • Surgery to repair corneal ulcers (ulcers on the eye surface)
  • Surgical repair of eyelid lacerations

 

Our veterinarians can also refer your pet to a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist for specialised procedures such as eye ultrasound, vision testing or cataract removal. The specialist veterinary ophthalmologist visits our veterinary hospital on a regular basis. 

 

 

For any procedure or medical condition which we are unable to treat, our veterinary hospital can liaise with a range of specialist hospitals to help facilitate the care your pet requires.