Veterinary Professional

Soft Tissue Surgery

Visit our Soft Tissue Surgery service.

The Soft Tissue Surgery Service is made up of Specialist Consultants Jackie Demetriou, Daniela Murgia, Darren Barnes, Rachel Hattersley, Poppy Bristow and Residents David Haine, Joy Fenner, Alessandro Conte, Tom Anderson, Pippa Williams and Caitlin Tzournos,

We routinely undertake surgery to treat congenital and acquired conditions, including oncological cases. Surgical procedures performed regularly include:

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome - Our surgical management includes laser-assisted turbinectomy and folded palatoplasty with careful medical therapy for gastro-oesophageal ulcer disease.

Laryngeal Paralysis - Our team has a wealth of experience in managing laryngeal paralysis and a dorsal crico-arytenoid rotation procedure is our currently preferred technique.

Surgical Oncology - We provide unrivalled expertise in the management of tumours and reconstructive surgery. This includes mast cell tumours; soft tissue sarcomas; oral tumours; thoracic tumours including pulmonary and chest wall; and tumours of the liver, spleen, kidney, urinary tract or intestine.

Urinary Incontinence - Approximately 80% of mature female dogs with urinary incontinence are diagnosed with urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI). Our success rates following combined urethropexy/colposuspension are so encouraging that we now recommend this approach routinely.

Wound Management and Reconstruction - We have a huge amount of of experience in the application of wound management techniques ranging from vacuum-assisted wound closure to 
more conventional reconstructive techniques such as free skin grafts, local advancement flaps and direct distant flaps.

Portosystemic Shunts (PSS) - In the majority of PSS cases, surgery can restore normal blood flow to the liver with a normal life expectancy and restored quality of life. Closure of the vessel is achieved by placement of a cellophane band for the extra-hepatic shunts and by interventional radiological coil placement for more complex intra-hepatic shunts.

Minimally Invasive Surgery - We offer a comprehensive range of rigid endoscopic procedures from ovariectomy and biopsies to pericardiectomy and thoracic duct ligation. We also offer laparoscopic and thoracoscopic-assisted techniques (eg gastropexy, pulmonectomy, intestinal biopsy, portovenography, urolith removal).

Our veterinary staff are pleased to offer advice to colleagues in primary care practice.