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Soft Tissue Surgery

We perform soft tissue surgery for a number of medical reasons. This common surgery can be used for most anything non-joint or bone related.


Soft tissue surgery is any surgery non-joint or bone related, and can include ear, nose and throat, cardio-thoracic, hepatic, gastrointestinal, urogenital, skin reconstructive and oncological surgeries. If soft tissue surgery is recommended for your pet, we will do everything possible to keep them safe and comfortable before, during, and after the surgery.

Why would my pet need soft tissue surgery?

Veterinary soft tissue surgery is recommended for a variety of reasons. The most common soft tissue surgeries for animals are hernia repairs and mass removals. More advanced soft tissue surgeries include cystotomy, abdominal exploratory surgery, and splenectomy.

When would soft tissue surgery be needed?

Soft tissue surgeries are used for a wide array of medical conditions. These include "routine" procedures such as mass removals, trauma, and emergency surgery, wound management, and reconstructive procedures.

How do you care for my pet during surgery?

Our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Our highly skilled doctors place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. We believe that keeping our patients safe and comfortable before, during and after surgery is of the greatest importance and an essential component of your pet's care.

Anesthesia Monitoring

Our surgical suite is fully equipped with the latest anesthesia monitoring equipment. While your pet is undergoing a surgical procedure, our highly trained staff monitors their vitals while they are under general anesthesia to ensure they remain safe and healthy.

After your pet has come out of surgery, we keep a close eye on them as they come out from under sedation. It’s important that your pet wakes up safely and comfortably. Each of our team members are Fear Free certified and will stay by your pet’s side to ensure that they are able to recover from their surgical procedure in a stress-free environment.

Bringing Your Pet Home After Surgery

Recovery and proper healing are just as important to your pet’s health as the procedure itself. Before you take your pet home from Arlington South Veterinary Hospital, our team will provide detailed instruction on how to best care for your pet while they heal. We will let you know what activities are safe for your pet to engage in while they are healing. We will also give you instructions for caring for your pet’s wound or incision site. We want to help you get your pet back on all fours as soon as possible!