Veterinary Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Services for Cats and Dogs
When your pet needs surgery, it’s important to know that our expert team can successfully treat cardiothoracic conditions and diseases through various surgical procedures. Take comfort in knowing that the depth of knowledge and experience that our highly trained and board-certified surgeons offer, is just what you need when your dog or cat is faced with such a complex situation.
Learn more below about the types of cardiothoracic surgeries we perform and what occurs during your pet’s procedure.
What is Cardiothoracic Surgery?
Treating Your Pet’s Heart, Lungs, and Chest
Cardiothoracic surgery involves the surgical treatment of the heart, lungs, and other areas of the chest cavity (thorax), such as the ribs or esophagus. This includes various congenital or acquired conditions such as arrhythmia or heart disease, cancerous tumor removal, lung diseases, esophageal abnormalities or trauma, infections, or removal of a foreign body, among many others.
Types of Cardiothoracic Surgeries
A Wealth of Options to Help Your Pet
- Esophageal surgery
- Foreign body removal
- Lung lobe removal
- Rib removal
Any surgery involving an animal’s heart or lung is considered an advanced procedure and should be performed by a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Learn more about our team’s credentials, expertise, and commitment to excellence.
Our Pet Surgery Process
What Happens During Cardiothoracic Surgery
Depending on what type of surgical treatment your dog or cat requires, cardiothoracic surgery can involve an incision along the sternum, the breastbone, or between the ribs. It is often a major surgery, and some patients may require considerably more time to recover than others. To minimize post-operative pain, we prefer using the least invasive surgical techniques and routinely use thoracoscopy for diagnosis of chest, heart, and lung disease.
Each pet family receives a personalized plan for their pet’s procedure, pain management, recovery, rehabilitation, medications, and follow up care. Providing the best possible quality of life for your pet is always our goal.