VCA City Cats Hospital

Soft Tissue Surgery

Our hospital offers many Soft Tissue Surgery Services. Soft tissue surgery refers to surgery on any body part excluding: bones/joints (orthopedic surgery), heart (cardiac surgery), or nervous system (neurologic surgery). Examples of common soft tissue surgeries include gastrointestinal surgery (to remove foreign objects or removed diseased sections of intestine), bladder surgery (to remove stones or polyps), liver surgery (to remove masses or diseased lobes), and spleen surgery (often to remove diseased spleens or masses). There are many other soft tissue procedures performed and your veterinarian will discuss what your pet requires. Pain management medications are standard with all of our soft tissue surgery procedures to insure your pet's comfort and speedy recovery. 

Ophthalmology Specialty Surgery Services

  • Advanced eyelid grafting techniques (following large mass removal or for congenital defects)
  • Axial pattern skin flap (for coverage of wide margin exenteration defects)
  • Brow elevation (stellate rhydidectomy, mersilene sling)
  • Conjunctival pedicle graft/BioSYS grafts (for descemetocele, perforated cornea)
  • Corneal laceration repair
  • Cryoepilation (for distichia)
  • Cryosurgery (for select eyelid tumors)
  • Cyclocryotherapy (glaucoma)
  • Ectopic cilia excision
  • Entropion repair (typically combinations of Hotz-celcus, Stades eversion, lateral canthoplasty, etc)
  • Enucleation (typically with orbital prosthesis)
  • Evisceration with intrascleral prosthesis
  • Exenteration (for orbital neoplasia)
  • Eyelid H-plasty
  • Eyelid laceration repair
  • Eyelid V-plasty
  • Glaucoma valve insertion
  • Imperforate punctum opening
  • Lamellar keratectomy with corneal transposition graft (for corneal sequestrum)
  • Lensectomy
  • Nictitans excision (neoplasia)
  • Orbital abscess drainage (orbital cellulites/abcess)
  • Orbitotomy/orbital exploration
  • Parotid duct transposition (for KCS)
  • Prolapsed nictitans gland repositioning (for “cherry eye”)
  • Temporary eyelid tacking or stapling (for puppy entropion)
  • Temporary tarsorrhaphy (for proptosis)
  • Thermokeratoplasty (for endothelial decompensation with bullous keratopathy; chronic indolent ulcer)

Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 781-641-3673.

If it is after hours, check with one of these 24-hour emergency clinics:

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

20 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA

Angell Animal Medical Center

350 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA

VCA South Shore Animal Hospital

595 Columbian Street
Weymouth, MA

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England

180 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA