Soft Tissue Surgery

We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our clinic. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. These surgeries can provide many benefits to pets.

Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets besides routine spays and neuters, are the removal of masses or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (nonharmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.

Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes. Tearing in your pet’s eyes can mean an infection is present or may be a sign that the cornea (outer layer of the eye) has been damaged. Sometimes the conformation of the eyelids are abnormally causing damage to the cornea and can be repaired with surgical correction. Surgical intervention improves comfort in these pets, reduces the chances of corneal scarring, and enhances the pet’s vision in the long term.

We also perform abdominal procedures to remove tumors, intestinal and gastric foreign bodies. There are a variety of other soft tissue surgical procedures that we perform on routine and emergency basis.


Orthopedic Surgery

We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.
Leg fractures are one of the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a traumatic mishap. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:

  • “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
  • “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.

We also perform a lot of orthopedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia, luxating patella’s and other developmental orthopedic diseases. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.



Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Up to 65% less post-operative pain
  • Less surgical stress
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Less risk of post-operative wound infection and complication
  • A gentle alternative to conventional dog spay surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique used to view inside the abdomen. A laparoscope (tiny camera) is inserted through a small incision site and used to magnify the internal view of the abdomen onto a TV monitor. This allows the veterinarian to do a more thorough abdominal examination while creating a much smaller incision site. Traditional abdominal exploratory surgery (Laparotomy) requires extensive incisions. With a laparoscope, most incisions are less than an inch in length.

With a laparoscope, surgery can be performed by using very thin, specially designed instruments through the same tiny incisions. This minimizes tissue trauma, decreases pain, and speeds patient recovery. Laparoscopic surgery is used for many different surgical procedures including dog spay, cat spay, biopsy, gastropexi, and abdominal exploratory surgery.

The goal at Abilene Animal Hospital is to minimize your pet’s pain. With the assistance of laparoscopic surgery, we hope to get your pets back to playing ball or snoozing in the sunshine as soon as possible. If your pet requires surgery, ask if laparoscopy may be a less traumatic and less painful option.


CBLO Surgery

The CBLO technique (CORA*Based Leveling Osteotomy), a state-of-the-art cruciate ligament repair based on the more widely known TPLO (Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy). The CBLO can have some advantages over the TPLO and other cranial cruciate ligament procedures depending on the patient. There are excellent short and long-term functional results. The CBLO can be performed on a juvenile patient because the surgery doesn’t involve the growth plate. The CBLO is also a preferred method on patients with excessive tibial slope that may require a wedge osteotomy during the repair. The TPLO and CBLO are both excellent procedures and are considered the “Gold Standard” for CCL repair.



TPLO Surgery

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) is a procedure that modifies the geometry of the knee joint in dogs to allow a return to function after a CCL rupture. This is accomplished by making a semi-circular cut to the top portion of the tibia (shin bone). This top portion of the bone is then rotated to decrease the tibial plateau angle. This decrease in angle decreases or eliminates the instability and pain associated with having a ruptured CCL. Once the cut and rotation are made, a specialized plate and screws are placed to allow healing of the bone, which can take up to 12 weeks. The majority of the time this plate will stay in place for the remainder of your pet’s life. There are rare occasions in which the plate needs to be removed (infection, cold sensitivity, etc.). Once the bone is healed, the plate is no longer needed and can be removed with no adverse effects.