Meet Violet, a three-year-old Chihuahua who has had a tiny umbilical hernia since she was a puppy. Her mum described it as small, flat and pink and of no concern. In the last month, however, the hernia suddenly grew and seemed to turn a blueish-brown colour.
Concerned, Violet’s mum asked their local vet to refer her to AURA’s soft tissue service to have the hernia repaired.
On the day of her consultation, she met with Senior Surgeon Dr Laurent Findji, who examined little Violet and discussed the situation, the main concern being whether it was a loop of intestine that had protruded through the hernia.
Violet was scheduled in for surgery the following week. Laurent and Surgical Resident Ivan Kamulkov repaired the hernia, removing the necrotic tissue and also removing a small mammary mass that was discovered incidentally during the procedure. The hernia contents and the mammary mass were sent to an external lab for analysis, and Violet was then placed under the care of the nursing team while she recovered from the anaesthesia.
After a night in our hospital ward, she was able to be discharged to her family. They were thrilled to hear that the mammary mass came back from the laboratory as benign, and the sample from the hernia was merely fatty tissue.
Violet continues to recover well at home and we look forward to seeing her for her post-op check soon!