Small Mass Removal
Small Mass Removalin Miami, FL
It is common for pets to develop lumps and bumps during their lifespan; some are simply a growth of some sort, such as skin tags, warts, cysts or lipomas (fatty tumors); however, there are cases where these growths are the manifestation of allergic reactions, infections or even malignant tissue.
In the case of benignant tissue, they could be irritating or interfering with normal functioning, but in the case of malignant tissue, they could destroy nearby healthy tissue, which is the reason why we strongly recommend getting any abnormal growth checked, removed and biopsied.
What Does a Biopsy Tell Us?
Small mass removals are performed under heavy sedation or general anesthesia with local blocks; this way, the entire area of concern is removed painlessly. After this, a biopsy is performed in order to determine the following:
- What Type of Tumor Was Removed (Benignant or Malignant)
- If There Were Abnormal Cells Left Behind After the Removal
- What Treatments Should We Implement if It Is Likely to Grow Back
- If It Is Likely or Not to Spread Into the Bloodstream
- What Methods Could Be Beneficial for Prevention or Treatment
- How Could This Affect or Not the Pet’s Lifespan
How Is the Recovery From Lump Removal Surgery?
After the removal, the affected area is closed with sutures or staples, and for large tumors, techniques such as skin grafting and open wound healing are the way to go. In order for your pet to leave the incision area alone, tools like a cone collar are strongly recommended.
You will notice that your pet is drowsy or acts lethargic for several hours after surgery, which is expected due to the anesthetic that they were administered, but these symptoms shouldn’t persist 24 hours after surgery; if this is the case, you must contact your vet as soon as possible.
Healing Process and Wound Care
Make sure to keep the surgical area nice, clean and dry until the stitches are removed. Check the wound on a daily basis to rule out any swelling or discharge, and to also make sure that the sutures are intact. Avoid removing the cone collar from your pet to prevent them from licking and damaging the wound, and please also try not to bathe them or take them outdoors until the surgical site is fully healed.