Hernia surgery success for road traffic accident cat

Davies Veterinary Specialists

Anaesthesia, Veterinary Professionals

19th April 2022

A young cat with a diaphragmatic hernia caused by a suspected road traffic accident has made a complete recovery following emergency surgery at Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies) in Hertfordshire.

Tiger checked into his home much later than normal on Boxing Day and his owner became concerned when she noticed he seemed weak and unable to jump. Apart from a slight scratch on a back paw and some discomfort when he was picked up, Tiger didn’t have any other obvious signs, but he was clearly not well. Tiger’s owner took him to their local vets who performed a radiograph and detected a tear in his diaphragm. The severity of the Injury prompted emergency referral to Linnaeus-owned Davies Veterinary Specialists.

Tiger was quickly admitted to Davies, where he was stabilised by specialist anaesthetists prior to surgery.

“A ventral midline coeliotomy revealed a 5cm radial tear in the diaphragm,” said Rufus Hammerton, Resident in Surgery at Davies. “Herniated lobes of the liver and the spleen were reduced with gentle traction. We then closed the diaphragmatic tear and drained the air from Tiger’s thorax prior to recovery We were able to ventilate tiger throughout the procedure. Without our amazing team of anaesthetists, the surgery would not have been as efficient or successful.”

Tiger recovered very well from the surgery and was carefully monitored for 24 hours to make sure there were no respiratory concerns. He was discharged the following day and has made a full recovery, much to his owner’s delight.

“Davies were excellent with the care they provided,” said Tiger’s owner Lindy Windmill. “We are very grateful to the surgeon and all the staff at Davies for their wonderful care which has given us back our warm, cuddly and purring Tiger.”

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