We are happy to offer a full range of routine surgeries at Balmoral Vets.
- Non sterile surgery. This refers primarily to dealing with abscesses, bite wounds and traumatic skin wounds such as pig rips, all of which are encountered on a regular basis in veterinary surgery. They are called non sterile, as it is impossible to ensure that the wounds are not contaminated by bacteria even though they will be cleaned, flushed and prepared the same way as soft tissue surgery is.
- Soft tissue surgery refers to all sterile surgery not involving bones! Commonly encountered reasons are removal of masses (on the outside and inside of the body!), abdominal surgery to remove foreign bodies from the stomach or intestines (you should really dispose of indigestible items carefully!) and removal of stones (calculi) from the bladder. When the surgery is particularly complex and requires skills beyond our capability, we may offer referral to a specialist in Christchurch.
- Orthopaedic surgery. Limited to cruciate surgery and limb amputations, Balmoral Vets has made a choice not to offer complex orthopaedic services. This is because orthopaedic surgery is a specialisation in its own right, and undertaking complicated fracture and joint repair without full facilities and specialised equipment is not appropriate in todays world. In the event of a broken bone that requires surgery, we offer referral to several facilities ranging from non-specialist to specialist.
Surgery: A dedicated clean surgery in which all abdominal and more complex surgeries are undertaken. Apart from a surgical light, table and anaesthetic machine, nothing is stored in here to ensure a clean and clutter free work area.