Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery is any procedure not involving the bones or joints, and includes surgery of the head and neck, chest cavity, abdomen and skin. Depending on the type of surgery, soft tissue procedures can be very complex, requiring a detailed knowledge of the anatomy as well as technical expertise.   

Although all vets can perform surgery, more complex procedures are preferably performed by vets with a higher level of training. This may be a vet with a particular interest in surgery, a vet who has undertaken a certificate in surgery (often gaining Advanced Practitioner status), or a recognised specialist. 

Advanced soft tissue procedures include: 

  • Surgery of the head and neck, such as TECA-BO, salivary mucocele and thyroidectomy 
  • Mandibulectomy and maxillectomy for jaw tumours 
  • Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) surgery 
  • Thoracic surgery, such as lung lobectomy and pericardectomy 
  • Liver surgery, such as liver lobectomy and cholecystectomy 
  • Abdominal surgery, such as surgery of the stomach and intestines 
  • Urinary tract surgery, such as nephrectomy, prostatic surgery and urethrostomy 
  • Perineal surgery, such as perineal hernia repair and anal sacculectomy 
  • Skin surgery, such as large tumour removal, skin grafts/flaps and wound management 
  • Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery



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