Soft Tissue Surgery

Clinical trials for Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Description:  Cystotomy is among the most common surgical procedures performed in our canine patients. Despite the frequency of the surgery, no study has been done to document the post-operative appearance of the urinary bladder. This investigation will be invaluable to veterinarians in evaluating cases with surgical complications such as bladder wall dehiscence, reactive inflammation to suture material, or other related clinical concerns.

    The main objective of this study is to describe the ultrasonographic appearance of the urinary bladder incision site immediately after a cystotomy and in the days and weeks that follow as the bladder recovers to determine a normal course of bladder healing. This description would include serial bladder wall thickness measurements at the surgical site and at other sites of the bladder wall. Adhesions, remaining sediment or stones, blood clots, recurrence of masses, and other notable findings will be reported.

    Inclusion Criteria:

    Dogs presenting with cystoliths for surgical removal.

    Exclusion Criteria:

    Prior history of bladder surgery.

    Client Benefits:

    The potential benefits that your dog shall receive from participating in this study include: multiple free ultrasounds to provide more information to the surgeon and veterinarians managing your dog’s condition, both preoperatively and in the critical postoperative period. Participation may provide valuable information about the extent of your dog’s disease and therefore influence the course of treatment to help your dog. Your dog’s participation will also allow us to gain information that will help in the management of other dogs with this condition in the future. The cost of the ultrasound examinations will be covered by the study, but no further compensation will be given for participation in the study

    Contact Information:

    For questions regarding the clinical trial please email the clinical trials technician, Diane Welsh at: