BOAS/BAS procedure – What You Need to Know About the Surgery

BOAS/BAS procedure – What You Need to Know About the Surgery

We are super proud of the BOAS/BAS procedure we have pioneered and are chuffed that it has been featured in the Daily Telegraph and Channel 7 news

Here is some detailed information to help you on your journey with us

The following are components of BAS surgery

  1. Stentotic nares
  2. Enlarged tonsils
  3. Long soft palate
  4. Thick soft palate
  5. Exerted laryngeal saccules
  6. Swollen and thickened sinuses (diagnosed on CT)

Which of the above we do depends on each case and is decided during the surgery.

Normally (1) (3) is always done (5) (6) (2) are done if present. (4) done if x-ray shows thickened soft palate.

Here is a video I made on the aspects of BAS:

We use a minimally invasive method for our BAS procedure using the caiman handpiece to seal soft plate tissue minimally invasively meaning general anaesthesia time is reduced by ~ 40 minutes and limited risk of haemorrhage meaning no need for overnight monitoring is likely and can go home just a few hours after recovery.

The recovery process includes applying vaseline to nares to stop breaking of suture material as well as the medications we give afterwards to help with their recovery including:

1) Anti-reflux medication

2) Anti-nausea medication

3) Antibiotics

4) Anti-inflammatories

5) Pain relief

6) Medications to thin the mucus

7) Sedation (if necessary)

If you’ve already given us your pet insurance policy number, we will work on submitting the pre-approval for you.

Logistics on the day

We can arrange pickup and return home for your pet if you don’t want to drive to the clinic.

Specialist anaesthetist service

Brachys are a slightly higher anaesthetic risk than other breeds and so here is also some information on our specialist anaesthetist service which I recommend for all brachys.

Author: Dr Sam BVSC (MERIT) 

CHARTERED MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSOC.
MEMBER, ROYAL COLLEGE OF VET SURGEONS, UK, MSGFC