Case Studies: Soft Tissue Surgery – Thoracic surgery

Endoscopic removal of foreign bodies from bronchi

Chris joined our team in 2019 and we’ve been pretty impressed with his skills with an endoscope! He has removed a number of grass seeds from secondary and tertiary bronchi. These cases usually present with chronic coughs and sometimes signs of grumbling infection and fever. The trachea divides into two primary bronchi. These then divide...

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Pericardectomy, secondary to a heart base tumour, left side thoracotomy

Panda was in heart failure secondary to fluid accumulation within the sac around the heart. The squeeze of this fluid on the heart prevented the heart from filling properly and from pumping blood efficiently. This had led to accumulation of fludi elsewhere in the body, including within the abdomen. We removed the sac from around the...

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Pericardectomy, idiopathic, right side

Eric, a lively Staffie, had a pericardial effusion (fluid accumulation around his heart within the confines of his pericardial sac). The pericardium is the tough fibrous non-distensible sac that envelopes the heart. Pericardial effusion has serious consequences for the heart that gets squeezed into  a smaller space than usual so it can’t then pump as efficiently....

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Chest drain for treating pneumothorax

Pneumothorax involves collapsed lungs with air filling the space that surrounds the lungs within the chest cavity. Pneumothorax cases with severely collapsed lungs are potentially life-threatening, especially if the accumulation of air in the chest cavity is rapid and progressive leading to ever increasing pressure on ever collapsing lungs (tension pneumothorax). Pneumothorax cases typically fall...

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Collapsed lung from broken ribs (plus a fractured sacrum and pelvis) after being hit by a freight train!

How many dogs would survive being hit by a freight train, being knocked down a 30 foot embankment and then half drowning in a bog? Harvey must have ached in places he didn’t even know he had – this dog just could not find a comfortable way to lie, and yet he could not have...

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