Thoracic Surgery is done to treat many diseases or conditions. If this is a possibility for your pet, a surgeon will discuss the procedure with you at your appointment. The following diseases or conditions may require thoracic surgery to treat:

  • Lung mass
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pyothorax
  • Chylothorax
  • Lung torsion
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Pulmonary Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)

Your animal’s condition will dictate the surgical approach and how much of the thoracic cavity is exposed.

Postoperatively, your pet will have a shaved abdomen and/or chest depending on where the incision needs to be made, with sutures needing to be removed two weeks postop. Time your pet spends in hospital after surgery will depend on the severity of illness or disease. Animals recover well from thoracic procedures but still need resting time after surgery before resuming normal activity, about two weeks. They will walk out of the hospital and require little care at home on the part of owners.