Soft Tissue Surgery

We work closely with all the other disciplines at the AHT to provide a multidisciplinary approach to all kinds of surgical cases, from tumour removal to traumatology management.

We are also committed to providing state of the art education and training for referring vets in soft tissue surgery.

Take a look behind the scenes at our surgeons at work performing a thoracotomy in this time lapse video.

What we offer:

  • Direct, immediate over-the-phone advice to referring vets 24 hours a day
  • Same-day rapid admissions for emergencies
  • We aim to notify referring vets of our initial assessment within 24 hours of seeing a patient. A more detailed report will follow within 48 hours.
  • If patients are hospitalised, we will call to update the owner on a daily basis. If the patient is critical or further updates are required, we will call more often.
  • In some cases, patients need to stay with us for prolonged periods of time. In these cases, we very much welcome owners to visit their pets.
  • Reconstructive/oncological surgery
  • Wound management
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Trauma management
  • Respiratory surgery: BOAS, laryngeal paralysis, tracheal collapse
  • Diaphragmatic and peritoneopericardial hernia
  • Thoracic surgery: pericardiectomy, chylothorax, thymomas, PDA, PRAA
  • Surgery of the head and neck, including TECA-LBO, salivary mucocoeles
  • Surgery of the abdominal cavity (including hernias) and digestive system
  • Portosystemic shunts and surgery of the extrahepatic biliary system
  • Ectopic ureter, ureteral and urethral stenting
  • Surgery of the reproductive and genital system
  • VAC

Patient Safety First

We take patient care seriously and strive to develop new techniques to minimise harm in the surgical setting. In November 2008 we modified the World Health Organisation Surgical Safety Checklist for use within our theatres. We felt it was a useful tool to improve communication of theatre teams and put patient safety first. We believe we are the first veterinary hospital in the UK to use such a systematic approach to patient safety.

You can download our Safety Checklists below. We hope you find these useful.

Using the Surgical Safety Checklist

Our theatre manager, James Gasson and one of our former theatre nurses, Catherine Wager, have published an article in The Veterinary Nurse journal about our experience of using the Surgical Safety Checklist within our hospital and the benefits it brings to our patients and staff. The article provides the history and evolution of the checklist and suggested adaptations for veterinary use applicable to all settings.