BVSC + Soft Tissue Surgery
Carefully repairing the critical organs with the technology and knowledge for success

BVSCSoftTissueSurgeryRound+ Soft Tissue Surgery at BVSC 

A soft tissue surgeon focuses on soft tissue diseases involving tissues and organs such as the skin, bowel, lungs, liver, spleen and soft tissues of the head and neck regions.  Some of these conditions may be chronic and require careful pre-operative testing such as blood and urine testing, biopsy or advanced imaging. Other conditions may be seen in a more emergency situation, including soft tissue trauma following car accidents or conditions that require urgent surgical correction, for example: where there is life threatening bleeding in to the abdomen or chest.

Our surgeons are provided with advanced imaging support with digital radiography, high definition ultrasonography, high speed computerized tomography (CT) and high field magnetic image intensification (MRI 3 & 7T). Imaging is often used pre-operatively to provide prognostic information and aid the surgeon to prepare for a successful surgery.

Abdominal and thoracic surgery often involves delicate and careful dissection and our surgeons have access to a variety of specialised instruments to achieve the best results. The ForceTriad Energy Platform is a full-featured electrosurgical system that provides cutting and coagulation, bipolar functionality and vessel sealing. Ligasure handpieces, powered by the ForceTriad (, allow us to safely and efficiently dissect highly vascular tissues. Transabdominal (TA) and gastrointestinal anastomosis (GIA) stapling devices are utilised in many soft tissue surgeries; lung and liver lobectomies and intestinal anastomoses. Our surgeons use loupe magnification during surgery to ensure careful dissection and suture placement.

At BVSC we pride ourselves on ‘surrounding the patient’ with multiple specialists in different fields and this is no more evident than with our soft tissue surgery patients. Your patient may be seen pre-operatively by an internal medicine specialist for blood testing, endoscopy or abdominal ultrasound, undergo advanced imaging by CT or MRI scanner and have post-operative intensive care in our ICU unit.

Many of our soft tissue surgery patients benefit from receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). This is where 100% oxygen is delivered at two atmospheres of pressure.  Animals are comfortable in the chamber and enjoy the effects while pure oxygen is essentially forced into damaged and oxygen staved tissues which are inadequately perfused. BVSC has the only HBOT chamber for use in small animals in Queensland.


+ Laryngeal Paralysis and Collapse
+ Tracheal Collapse
+ Total Ear Canal Ablation
+ Thoracic surgery including pyothorax, pneumothorax, chylothorax, pericardial effusion, lung lobe torsion/abscess and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).
+ Portosystemic Shunt Attenuation
+ Liver Abscess
+ Gastrointestinal Foreign Body Obstruction
+ Gastric Dilation and Volvulus
+ Megacolon
+ Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass (SUB) and other urinary diversion surgeries
+ Ectopic Ureter and Urinary Sphincter Mechanism Incompetence (USMI) correction
+ Hernia Repair
+ Trauma and Wound Management

Read about our Surgical Procedures

At BVSC our surgeons are specialised in many different surgical procedures.

Our orthopaedic surgeons are highly trained and use traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery and nonsurgical means to treat trauma of the musculoskeletal system, spinal diseases, degenerative diseases, infections, tumours and congenital or developmental disorders - problems with tissues such as the bones, joints, ligaments tendons and muscles.
Our surgeons are trained in the latest techniques to operate on the delicate soft tissues of the respiratory tract including the lungs, the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, the urinary tract as well as other intrathoracic and intra-abdominal organs and the skin.
Whether it is to decompress a damaged spinal cord due to intervertebral disc rupture or to remove a tumour from the brain, spinal cord or nerve, our surgeons are here to get the job done and have the equipment and prowess to provide the best care for your pet with surgical neurological disease.
Minimally invasive surgery uses very small incisions to reduce trauma to the body and speed recovery times. Fine, specifically designed instruments and endoscopy equipment is used to allow the surgeon to see using our high definition camera system. This is a growing area in veterinary medicine and BVSC is on the cutting edge.
Effective cancer treatment relies on the surgical oncologist performing the correct procedure accurately the first time around. We work closely with our specialist colleagues in medicine, radiation oncology, radiology, anaesthesiology, critical care and pathology to get the best outcome for pets with cancer.