Meibomian Gland Tumours

Priced from $700 - $1,000
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What are meibomian gland tumours?

This condition refers to tumours that can develop within an older dog's meibomian glands. They begin as small bumps on the upper and lower eyelid margins. Many will not grow further, remaining only 2-3mm in size, and there is no need to remove them. However, meibomian gland tumours may rub or rest on the eye, which does not appear to irritate it. Some tumours will occasionally become active and grow larger. Once started, they will continue to grow until removed.


Treatment options

Meibomian tumours can be easily removed by performing a 'V' wedge excision on the affected lid. We cut as close to the tumours as possible because they do not require large margins, allowing us to keep the majority of the eyelid. Most tumours necessitate the removal of an eighth to a quarter of the affected lid, though up to a third of the lid can be removed without causing any visible changes to the eyelid once healed.

To close the surgery site and re-oppose the eyelid margins, we use very fine sutures, such as 6-0 prolene. If everything is done perfectly, it is often difficult to tell that surgery has taken place and that there was ever a tumour in the first place!.


Treatment cost

Other veterinary hospitals frequently refer meibomian tumour cases to animal eye specialists, who can charge between $1,500 and $2,000 per consultation. We perform these procedures regularly at Melbourne Pet Surgery, and they only take 15 to 20 minutes and cost as little as $700 - $1,000 depending on whether or not pre-anaesthetic bloodwork is chosen.

Optional pre-anaesthetic blood test available for all surgeries (additional cost)

Aftercare and recovery

Your pet will be given a cone collar to wear at home to avoid rubbing their eyelids after surgery. We also provide you with eye ointment to help prevent conjunctival inflammation after the surgery. After two weeks, you and your pet will return to our practice for suture removal – these visits are free of charge.

Dr. Scot Plummer

Meet Dr. Scot Plummer


Dr Plummer has always had a deep love for animals and graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours. in his Bachelor of Veterinary Science. After the success of his Brisbane clinic, Dr Plummer has launched Melbourne Pet Surgery with the goal of lowering the cost of high-quality pet care for all Melburnians.

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