King Street Veterinary Hospital's dedicated surgical theatre allows us to perform a wide range of interventions, from elective procedures to intricate soft tissue and orthopaedic surgeries.

To maintain normal body temperature, our heating pads are keeping your animal nice and warm during the anesthesia. Our new pulse oxymeter closely registers your pet’s oxygen level and blood pressure. All of our patients receive intravenous fluids in order to maintain perfusion and compensate for any blood loss. A qualified nurse is monitoring every second of the anaesthesia and a chart is recorded for every patient. King Street Veterinary Hospital also prides itself in using premium anaesthetic agents making the procedure as safe as possible for your pet. Excellent pain management protocols are put in place to ensure a nice and smooth recovery.

Soft tissue surgery

Soft tissue surgery is any surgery not connected with bones or joints.

This surgery takes many different forms, as there are many different soft tissues in the body. The type of surgery also varies with the intention of the procedure. It may be preventative (e.g. desexing surgery), curative (e.g. abscess surgery), diagnostic (e.g. taking biopsy samples to find out exactly what a type of tissue is) or palliative (e.g. reducing the size of a tumour to make an animal more comfortable).

The soft tissue surgical procedures we perform at King Street Veterinary Hospital include:

Surgical Theatre
  • desexing (spey & castration)
  • Caesarean section
  • lumpectomy (lump removal)
  • biopsy
  • abscess surgery
  • eyelid surgery
  • external & middle ear surgery
  • hernia repair
  • surgery of the head and mouth
  • airway obstruction treatment (soft palate, larynx)
  • abdomen or chest surgery
  • bladder surgery
  • cancer /tumour surgery
  • surgical tumour removal
  • reconstruction after cancer removal

Orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgery is surgery which deals with bones and other bone-related structures.

Orthopaedic surgery performed at King Street Veterinary Hospital are usually either bone fractures, or joint/ligament injury surgery and may be as a result of a traumatic accident (e.g. a fall, hit by car, foot in pothole when running), but could also include correction of congenital and developmental limb deformities or removal of cancers involving bones.

Bone Fractures

Fracture investigation and repair in animals involves stabilising the patient, diagnosing the extent of the injuries, and fixation of broken bones to allow them to heal. Stabilisation means dealing with any life threatening problems such as damaged internal organs, and shock. Diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) are taken to determine the extent of and repair type for any fractures. A number of repair options are available and are selected depending on the type of fracture, sometimes in combination. They include: splinting, wiring around the bone, screws, plates, pinning and external skeletal fixation (external frame). The more technically difficult surgeries are recommended to be referred onto an orthopaedic surgeon. We have a traveling orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sue Gibbons who performs the surgical procedures within King Street Veterinary Hospital, for your convenience. We also refer surgical cases onto Veterinary Specialist Services in Carrara.

Pictured below, Dr sue gibbons is performing a Tibeal osteotomy surgery which is necessary for medium to large dogs who have ruptured their cranial cruciate ligament.

Sue Gibbons Website

Ligament/Joint/Tendon injuries

The surgical procedure for other orthopaedic injuries (e.g. cruciate ligament rupture) is similar, with diagnosis being made at a consultation and then confirmed with x-rays and examination under anaesthetic. Repair consists of stabilising the joint if unstable, and removing any torn, or damaged tissue likely to cause future problems. Samantha and Ben currently perform cruciate ligament repair for small to medium size dogs in the clinic, larger dogs are better sent onto an orthopaedic surgeon for best long term results.  Again specialist surgeon Dr Sue Gibbons does the bulk of these procedures inhouse for your convenience.

Spinal Surgery

Pets that have spinal injuries or suspected spinal problems are stabilised and x-rayed at King Street Veterinary Hospital. They are then generally referred to Veterinary Specialist Services at Carrara if surgical intervention is necessary. VSS perform imaging such as myelograms, CT scans, or MRI to confirm the locations of spinal problem and extent and type of injury. Specialist surgeons can then perform spinal surgical procedures with essential diagnostic image information to correct the problem appropriately.

Ben is doing further surgical study in 2012/2013 and with time more orthopaedic procedures will be performed in-house.

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