Case Studies: Soft Tissue Surgery – Stomach and intestinal surgery



Wickett, an elderly cat had had progressive constipation and was needing enemas every 2-3 weeks. We removed the lion’s share of his colon and he’s at home now recuperating. Early indications are good, those these surgeries do carry a significant perioperative mortality rate. The colon is simply a water reabsorption and faecal storage system, so...

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Chronic intramural duodenal foreign body in a Dalmatian dog

Dulcie, a 3 year-old female Dalmatian presented with a 5-month history of vomiting (daily) and weight loss. Roger, our medic and ultrasonographer, scanned her and found that the stomach was still dilated despite a 12-hour fast suggesting it wasn’t emptying properly into the duodenum (the section of small intestine that follow on from the stomach). The area...

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Prophylactic “belt loop” gastropexy

Gastric dilatation is a condition where the stomach rapidly bloats with gas. This often happens to big dogs and is thought to be predisposed by a lot of exercise around the time of large meals. Gastric dilatation creates problems for the dogs in breathing as the bloated stomach sits right under the diaphragm (the muscle...

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Colectomy for treating megacolon and constipation in cats

Cats can have great difficulty passing faeces through a narrowed pelvis, which can result from pelvic fractures that are left to heal naturally after trauma from road traffic accidents etc. This can lead to chronic and progressive constipation months and even years after the trauma. A build up of faeces in the colon – the...

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Feeding tube placement to help manage jaw fractures in cats

We regularly get cats referred for treatment of fractured jaws after being injured in road traffic accidents. Fractures at the front of the lower jaw are usually straightforward to fix with wire or with a wire and a pin. Fractures further back in the jaw can be problematic. The jaw bone gets progressively less accessible...

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