Surgery

Dr Jeannet Kessels and the team provide a full range of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Dr Kessels has a strong interest in all surgical procedures.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft Tissues Surgery includes a range of very important preventative and diagnostic procedures. Conducted at the highest Veterinary standards, Greater Springfield Veterinary performs Preventative Surgery (such as Desexing Surgery), Curative Surgery (e.g. Abscess Surgery), Diagnostic Surgery (such as taking biopsy samples to find out exactly what a type of tissue is) or Palliative Surgery (e.g. reducing the size of a tumour to make an animal more comfortable).

The actual procedures we perform at Greater Springfield Veterinary include:

  • Desexing (spey, castration)
  • Caesarean section
  • Lumpectomy (lump removal) Biopsy
  • Abscess Surgery
  • Eye and Eyelid Surgery (including corneal ulcer care, entropion, ectropion, enucleation, tear duct patency checks, eyelid tumour removal)
  • External & Ear Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Airway Obstruction Surgery in short nosed brachycephalic including nasal widening, soft palate resection, laryngeal paralysis support surgery
  • Abdominal Surgery (including bowel obstructions, bowel     resection, splenectomy, ureter surgery, kidney removal, liver biopsy, stomach obstruction retrieval
  • Chest Surgery (including diaphragmatic hernia repair, chest tube placement
  • Bladder surgery
  • Surgical Tumour Removal

Our visiting specialist Dr Geoff Robins is available for particularly complex surgery at our Brookwater Hospital. Please feel welcome to visit our new surgical suite at Brookwater for a tour.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Our experienced Veterinarians are highly competent in performing surgical procedures for

  • Cruciate ligament rupture (de angelis and TTA)
  • Meniscal surgery
  • Patella luxation (tibial crest transposition, cartilage sparing groove deepening, lateral retinacular tightening)
  • Fracture repair using pins, wires, plates, screws and external fixates
  • Amputation

Our visiting Specialist Surgeon Dr Geoff Robins is available for particularly complex elbow, shoulder and selected spinal procedures.

Bone Fractures

Fracture investigation and repair in animals involves stabilising the patient, diagnosing the extent of the injuries, and fixation of broken bones to allow them to heal. Stabilisation means dealing with any life threatening problems such as damaged internal organs, and shock. Diagnostic radiographs (X-rays) are taken to determine the extent of and repair type for any fractures. A number of repair options are available and are selected depending on the type of fracture, sometimes in combination. They include: splinting, cerclage wiring around the bone, screws, pinning and external skeletal fixation (external frame).

Joint/Ligament Injuries

The surgical procedure for other orthopaedic injuries (such as cruciate ligament rupture) is similar, with diagnosis being made at a consultation and then confirmed with x-rays and examination under anaesthetic. Repair consists of stabilising the joint if unstable, and removing any torn, or damaged tissue likely to cause future problems.

Spinal Surgery

Pets that have spinal injuries or suspected spinal problems are stabilised and x-rayed at Greater Springfield Veterinary. They are then generally referred to a Surgical Specialist if surgery is required.

Dentistry

Greater Springfield Veterinary staff take dental health seriously. Each dental patient has their teeth graded, a thorough inspection of each tooth which involves probing and charting any abnormalities is performed under general anesthesia, then a plan is charted if any teeth require extracting. Every tooth is thoroughly scaled with an ultrasonic cleaner above and below the gum line, and then polished. 

Local aneesthetic injections are given prior to any tooth extraction to ensure patient comfort and longer acting pain relief is also given.

Each patient is sent home with a report of their dental procedure, including a before and after photograph, and a chart showing if any teeth were missing, and any teeth that were extracted. Home care notes are also given to maintain healthy teeth at home.

If any extractions were performed, our veterinarians will provide a complimentary check up 7 days later, to ensure adequate healing.

Contact us on 3288 1574 to book in your pet for a dental.