Every owner should feel they are well cared for prior to, during, and after surgery until the recovery is complete.

Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Common procedures performed by our surgeons:

  • Lung lobectomy: A lateral surgical approach to the chest is made. This procedure is very well tolerated by cats and dogs and most appropriate for isolated growths within a lung, or defects within a lung. Most patients will go home the day after surgery walking, eating, and drinking. Most owners are pleasantly surprised how well their animals do within 1-2 weeks after surgery.
  • Exploratory and porcupine quill removal: Migrating quills can be a very scary and frustrating sequel to a porcupine quill exposure days or week prior. Surgical removal is expected to be curative.
  • Lung surgery for spontaneous pneumothorax secondary to bulla or bleb congenital defects
  • Thymoma removal in cats and dogs
  • Rib wall resection as appropriate for neoplasia
  • Pectus Excavatum: This abnormality to the thoracic wall results in a compressed heart and lungs. Surgery is best performed when kittens or puppies are young to allow the cartilage to develop in a more normal orientation. Our surgeons have performed numerous procedures in both kittens and puppies safely to provide these patients with adequate chest volume to grow and live normal lives.
  • PDA: Patent Ductus Arteriosus is a congenital defect that maintains an open vessel from the pulmonary artery to the aorta allowing blood to bypass the lungs and not get oxygenated. Safe ligation of the ductus is the best way to ensure a surgical cure of this condition and a normal life expectancy. Our surgeons have been trained by the founding father of veterinary cardiovascular surgery, Dr. George Eyster and have performed dozens of this procedure, all safely.
  • PRAA: Persistent Right Aortic Arch is a vascular ring anomaly that leads to constriction of the esophagus and is often diagnosed when animals start to eat solid food and vomit immediately. This condition is the most common of many different vascular ring anomalies, and can often be cured surgically.
  • Chylothorax: This condition often requires the expertise of internal medicine specialists as well as surgical intervention.

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