Soft Tissue Surgery

We are proud to offer the most experienced and comprehensive Soft Tissue Surgery service in the North East. We accept referrals in all aspects of soft tissue surgery and are also happy to give advice to individuals managing cases in practice. 

Animals requiring soft tissue surgery can be challenging to manage and often benefit from advanced facilities, techniques and the input of a multidisciplinary team. We work closely with our colleagues in anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, internal medicine and dermatology to ensure the best outcome for our patients. We also have an excellent team of nurses and interns to provide continuous care in our wards and ICU. 

Our people:

We are staffed by two full time surgeons, Mickey and David who both exclusively see soft tissue surgery referrals and have extensive experience and expertise in this area. We are also ably supported by Dan, our resident in training, and Kat, our surgical intern.

We are friendly and approachable and always happy to discuss cases (whether they are to be referred or not). We will always try to deal with urgent enquiries ASAP.

Our expertise:

Mickey has been working in referral practice for over 15 years and has been a Specialist since 2009. He has extensive experience in all aspects of soft tissue surgery but has specific interests in congenital portosystemic shunts and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. He is an international expert in the management of shunts.

David has been working in referral practice for 7 years. He is due to sit his ECVS diploma in the summer. He has specific interests in oncological and reconstructive surgery, trauma and wound management.

Our team:

We are a large multidisciplinary hospital and work closely with our colleague in allied disciplines (internal medicine, oncology and dermatology) to allow us to manage soft tissue cases in a collaborative and holistic manner. This aids decision making for clients and maximises the outcome for the individual dogs and cats. We are the only service in West Yorkshire with a full time Oncology Specialist, ensuring continuity of care and treatment for complex oncology cases.

We are the only soft tissue surgery service in the area to have full time support from an anaesthesia Specialist and a Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. This allows us to undertake the more challenging and complicated soft tissue surgeries, invaluable assistance in these key areas.

We have a tremendous team of nurses and duty vets who enable us to provide gold standard care to our patients day and night.

Our facilities:

We have fortunate to have a very well equipped hospital which means that we are able to undertake the more challenging and complex soft tissue cases. We are fully equipped in terms of imaging with on-site fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In addition to undertaking all routine soft tissue surgery we can offer the following more complex treatments: laparoscopy, SUB placement for ureteric obstruction, laser ablation of ectopic ureters, surgical management of intrahepatic shunts and laser turbinectomy for BOAS.

The fully staffed ICU allows us to give gold standard post-operative care to the sickest animals.

We have extensive experience in all aspect of Soft Tissue Surgery but have particular expertise in congenital portosystemic shunts and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).   

Here is a list of common procedures performed: 

  • Airway surgery 
  • Surgical treatment of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) 
  • Arytenoid lateralisation (tie back) for laryngeal paralysis 
  • Ear surgery 
  • Total ear canal ablation (TECA) and lateral bulla osteotomy (LBO) 
  • Ventral bulla osteotomy (VBO) 
  • Head and neck surgery 
  • Salivary gland removal 
  • Management of oropharyngeal stick injuries – acute and chronic 
  • Endocrine surgery 
  • Thyroidectomy 
  • Parathyroidectomy 
  • Insulinoma 
  • Adrenalectomy (including cavotomy) 
  • Thoracic surgery 
  • Lung lobectomy 
  • Pericardectomy 
  • Pyothorax 
  • Management of chylothorax 
  • Abdominal surgery 
  • Diaphragmatic rupture 
  • Exploratory laparotomy 
  • Splenectomy 
  • Liver surgery 
  • Biopsy 
  • Liver lobectomy  
  • Surgical attenuation of congenital portosystemic shunts – both extrahepatic and intrahepatic 
  • Gastrointestinal surgery 
  • Oesophageal foreign body removal 
  • Hiatal hernia repair 
  • Gastric surgery – gastropexy, biopsy, resection, etc. 
  • Colorectal surgery 
  • Subtotal colectomy 
  • Colopexy 
  • Rectal mass removal 
  • Perineal surgery 
  • Perineal rupture / hernia 
  • Anal sacculectomy – for anal sacculitis and anal sac adenocarcinoma 
  • Urogenital surgery 
  • Ectopic ureters – laser ablation via cystoscopy 
  • Urinary incontinence surgery – hydraulic occlude placement and colposuspension 
  • Ureteric obstruction – placement of subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB) 
  • Perineal urethrostomy 
  • Nephrectomy 
  • Oncological surgery 
  • Wide excision of cutaneous and subcutaneous tumours (mast cell tumours, soft tissue sarcomas, etc.) 
  • Skin reconstruction – axial pattern flaps, skin grafts, etc. 
  • Mandibulectomy and maxillectomy 
  • Amputation 
  • Traumatic wounds 
  • Wound management 
  • Skin reconstruction – axial pattern flaps, skin grafts, etc. 
  • Intestinal surgery – biopsy, resection and anastomosis, etc. 

Paragon Veterinary Referrals has excellent facilities and equipment that allow us provide gold standard care and offer cutting edge procedures. These include surgical management of intrahepatic congenital portosystemic shunts, minimally invasive laser ablation of ectopic ureters, subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB) port placement in cats with ureteric obstruction and laser-assisted turbinectomy for the treatment of BOAS. Critically, our Specialist anaesthetist provides invaluable support for more challenging procedures and ensures that animals have cutting edge analgesia, including nerve blocks. 

Our advanced facilities and equipment include: 

  • Two Soft Tissue Surgery theatres 
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 
  • Computed tomography (CT) scanning 
  • Fluoroscopy with digital subtraction 
  • Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy 
  • Rhinoscopy and cystoscopy 
  • Advanced bipolar electrosurgery and harmonic scalpel 
  • Complete range of surgical staplers 
  • Diode laser for treatment of ectopic ureters and laser-assisted turbinectomy in BOAS 

Case advice

We welcome calls if you require pre-referral advice about a patient, even if no referral follows. Call us on 01924 908333

Case referral

If you would like to refer a case, you can refer by email, telephone, fax or post but the quickest way is to complete our online referral form by clicking the button below.

If your case is an emergency, urgent or out of hours, please telephone us on 01924 908333

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