Abdominal surgery is a broad category which covers many types of surgical procedures, and can be used to address numerous problems. Your veterinarian will determine whether surgery is indicated based on your pet’s history, physical examination findings, and additional diagnostic procedures.
Available procedures include removal of foreign objects from the stomach or intestines, removal of stones from the urinary bladder, and excision of some types of cancerous masses. We may also surgically manage gastrointestinal diseases like GDV (gastric dilation and volvulus), a syndrome most often seen in large-breed dogs, in which the stomach rotates and causes painful, life-threatening bloating.
Abdominal surgeries will require general anesthesia. Please see the description under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on how your pet will be managed during the procedure. Depending on the nature of the procedure and your pet’s health status, he or she may remain hospitalized for a short period for additional monitoring and medical treatment following surgery.