VCA Veterinary Referral Associates

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.

Some of the soft tissue procedures offered:

Head and Neck Surgery

Total ear canal ablation with lateral bulla osteotomy (TECA-LBO)
Oral Surgery

Sialocele (Sialoadenectomy)
Maxillectomy - Mandibulectomy

Hepatobiliary Surgery

Biliary stenting

Biliary rerouting

Liver lobectomy

Abdominal Surgery

Pancreatic surgery

Gastrointestinal surgery

Gastric dilation-volvulus
Prophylactic gastropexy

Bowel obstruction
Hernia repair

Vascular and Cardiovascular Surgery

Vascular ring anomaly correction

Indwelling vascular catheter placement
Portosystemic shunt ligation



Thoracic and Respiratory Surgery
Lung lobectomy
Thoracic duct ligation
Brachycephalic airway surgery

Tracheal surgery
Laryngeal tie back

Reconstructive Surgery

Skin grafting

Wound management

Skin flaps

Oncologic Surgery

Mass excision (thoracic, cutaneous, abdomen)

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Urogenital Surgery

Cystotomy, cystectomy

Perineal urethrostomy

Ectopic ureter repair
Scrotal urethrostomy
Intrathoracic abnormalities, and tumor removals



General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Veterinarian Referral Associates provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 301-926-3300. We are located at 500 Perry Parkway. Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.