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Three Cs of the Soft Tissue Surgery Service: Comprehensive, Compassion and Communication
The Soft Tissue Surgery service at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals cares for small companion animals with a variety of "soft-tissue" diseases and ...
March 28, 2014

The Soft Tissue Surgery service at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals cares for small companion animals with a variety of “soft-tissue” diseases and conditions affecting the head, neck, abdomen, chest and external parts of the body. Tufts Foster Hospital is home to one of the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art soft tissue surgery services in New England, offering compassionate care that is efficiently coordinated with a strong focus on keeping the lines of communication open with you and all involved in the care of your pet.

With multiple decades of experience our surgeons have expertise from the most basic of procedures to the most serious complex cancer surgeries. Common conditions our surgical team treats include:

• serious wounds
• upper airway and oral cavity diseases
• surgically resectable benign and malignant tumors
• surgical conditions of the internal organs within the chest and abdomen

We perform surgery in state-of-the-art surgical suites and have access to outstanding expertise and equipment for advanced diagnostic imaging, anesthesia monitoring, critical care, and pain management.

Tufts also offers minimally invasive surgery capabilities for some conditions. Tufts prides itself on carefully orchestrated, team-based care that is provided throughout your experience at the Foster Hospital. Your pet will receive the highest quality care from a team of specialists, including board certified surgeons, surgical residents, anesthesiologists, highly skilled veterinary nurses and surgical technicians, as well as other clinical specialists. Our comprehensive and integrated approach ensures the most optimal surgical outcome and the most favorable experience for you and your pet.

Once you and your pet arrive at Tufts Foster Hospital you will find all the services you need provided under one roof. Whether you are referred to soft tissue surgery directly by your family veterinarian or after a consult with our Critical Care, Internal Medicine or Oncology services, you will have access to the full range of our hospital’s capabilities.

We’ll make sure your pet gets to the right place with the appropriate services, including any X-rays, laboratory, ultrasound, MRI, pain management, etc.

During the initial consultation and diagnostic process, we’ll discuss with you why we believe a particular procedure may be necessary, what is involved and what you can expect. And you should understand that just because you’ve come for a surgery consult that does not mean you have to proceed with the surgery. We’ll discuss with you your options and the cost,  and provide advice to help you make informed decisions regarding the care of your pet.

We recognize that you do not want your pet to be hospitalized any longer than necessary. A typical hospitalization period for an average surgical procedure is 1-2 days in advance of the surgery, and 1-3 days after surgery. More minor procedures can often be performed during a single day’s visit but typically not on the day of your initial appointment. Regardless of the length of your pet’s stay, we will provide leading edge pain prevention and management before and after surgery, and will ensure that your pet’s experience is as non-stressful as it can possibly be.

As the only veterinary medical center in New England, we are committed to training the veterinarians and animal care specialists of the future. Students, interns and residents rotate through our clinical services and are integral to the veterinary care team. Also unique to this academic environment, our faculty and surgeons may be able to provide you with access to innovative therapies not available elsewhere.

At Tufts Foster Hospital, you can be assured that you will not only receive the highest quality of surgical care, but we are focused on providing a comfortable, efficient and compassionate experience for you and your loved one. This is because our staff are not only highly trained specialists in their fields, they are animal lovers as well.