Soft tissue surgery

We provide soft tissue surgery for dogs, cats and exotic animals requiring surgical treatment of the ear, nasopharynx, neck, chest cavity, heart, airways, digestive tract, and the urinary and sexual organs.

in the case of severely ill patients and major surgical procedures, a successful surgical treatment outcome often requires high-quality treatment before and after surgery. This is possible at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Safe veterinary anaesthesia and effective pain relief are vitally important for surgical procedures. The staff of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s anaesthesia unit see to the anaesthesia of all animals undergoing surgical procedures during the unit’s regular opening hours. This enables surgeons to fully concentrate on their work, maintains high standards of patient safety and provides ideal conditions for successful surgical treatment outcomes.

We specialise, for example, in various surgical procedures involving the thoracic and abdominal cavities, such as the following:

  • Pulmonary lobectomy
  • Closure of the patent ductus arteriosus
  • Closure of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts
  • Gallbladder surgery 
  • Treatment of congenital ureteral anomalies

We treat a large number of surgical patients with tumours and also have the capacity to perform demanding neoplastic surgery. In skin surgery, we can also use various skin grafts, if necessary. Examples of surgical procedures performed in the head and neck area include the surgical removal of the ear canal in chronic ear infections which do not respond to treatment; the shortening of the soft palate and the widening of the nares for the alleviation of breathing problems in breeds with short muzzles; surgical procedures of the thyroid and parathyroid glands; and surgical treatment for pharyngeal paralysis.

En­do­scopic sur­gery

The advantages of endoscopic surgery over open surgery include small surgical wounds and, consequently, minor pain as well as quick recovery after surgery. Endoscopic surgery can be carried out on dogs, for example, to perform an ovariectomy, cryptorchid neutering and the surgical fixation of the stomach to prevent gastric volvulus. Endoscopic surgery can also be used to take liver biopsies required for the diagnosis of liver diseases.

Our staff are highly experienced and specialised.

Our experts

DVM, DiplECVS Sari Mölsä and LVM, Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Medicine Nina Peltokallio have expertise in laparoscopic surgery. 

Professor Outi Vapaavuori and Sari Mölsä, DVM, have extensive work experience and hold European specialist qualifications in small animal surgery. They are thus able to offer state-of-the-art small tissue surgery. LVM, Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Medicine Nina Peltokallio has years of experience in the treatment of soft tissue surgery patients.

All our surgeons also cooperate with fifth-year veterinary students in performing such operations as castrations, hysterectomies, ovariectomies and the removal of tumours.