Below is a list of a few of our most commonly performed surgical procedures and an overview of what is involved.
Gastrointestinal Foreign Body Removal
Surgery is not always required to remove a gastrointestinal foreign body. For objects that are still in the stomach, endoscopy is always a good, and less invasive option. However, for objects that have passed into the intestines and that have caused a blockage, surgery is required. The procedure involves making an incision in the abdomen and removing the object along with resecting any bowel that may have been damaged as a result of the obstruction.
Perineal Urethrostomy (PU)
In male cats with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, who have become obstructed multiple times, the Perineal Urethrostomy can be a permanent solution. During this procedure a larger opening is created in the urethra. This makes it less likely that the cat will obstruct again in the future.
Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)
For patients whose ear(s) become obstructed due to infection, tumors, or calcification, the Total Ear Canal Ablation is a good surgical option. This procedure involves removing the entire ear canal, leaving the pinna in place.
Unilateral Arytenoid Lateralization (Laryngeal Tieback)
In normal pets, the opening to the trachea is open when breathing in and relaxes when breathing out. In patients with laryngeal paralysis, the trachea does not not open when breathing in, and may actually get sucked closed. In severe cases, their airway can become completely obstructed and cause them to suffocate. For these patients, the laryngeal tieback is a quick procedure in which a surgeon ties back one side of the larynx. This allows the patient to breathe normally, while leaving one side closed to prevent food and fluids from entering the airway.