Soft Tissue Surgery
Surgical Drains: Indications, Types, and Complications
Surgical drains are implants that allow removal of fluid and/or gas from a wound or body cavity. This review is part 1 of a 2-part series. Part 1 covers indications for drain use, types, benefits and drawbacks of each type, and common complications. Part 2 will cover drain placement techniques and postoperative care.
Surgical Approach to External and Middle Ear Disease in the Dog and Cat
Diseases of the external and middle ear are common problems in dogs and cats. Chronic otitis externa alone accounts for approximately 10% of admissions to small animal hospitals.1 Ear disease often goes unnoticed by the owner until the disease has progressed…
Practice Step By StepPlacement & Management:Jackson-Pratt Closed Active Suction Drain
Drains are placed in wounds to evacuate fluid that would otherwise accumulate due to dead space, inflammation, infection, and/or necrosis. Fluid accumulation in a wound can be detrimental because…
Practical Techniques from the NAVC InstituteWound Management: Caudal Superficial Epigastric Flap
This article reviews information from the session, Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery, presented at the NAVC Institute 2015. The caudal superficial epigastric (CSE) flap is a highly versatile axial pattern skin flap that can be used to cover large open wounds on the…
Surgical Skills | Lymphadenectomy: Overview of Surgical Anatomy & Removal of Peripheral Lymph Nodes
For a given oncologic disease, peripheral regional lymph nodes should be carefully palpated for enlargement, asymmetry, and degree of fixation. While identification of palpably enlarged lymph nodes is typically straightforward, identification and extirpation of peripheral lymph nodes when they are of normal size can be challenging.
Chronic OtitisA Dermatologist’s Perspective on SurgeryCE ARTICLE
A variety of surgical procedures can be performed for chronic proliferative, obstructive, and neoplastic ear diseases. Dr. Rosenkrantz describes the importance of presurgical diagnostics and client education, the role of medical therapy, and common surgical techniques for treatment of chronic otitis.
Practical Techniques from the NAVC Institute: Addressing Brachycephalic Ocular Syndrome in the Dog
Caryn E. Plummer, DVM, Diplomate ACVO Each year, the NAVC Institute takes place in Orlando, Florida, and top specialists in select areas of veterinary medicine provide hands-on, one-on-one continuing education to Institute attendees.The NAVC and Today’s Veterinary Practice have partnered together to present the Practical Techniques from the NAVC Institute column, which includes material from …
Surgical Skills:Creating a Leak-Proof Ligature with ConfidencePart 2: Step-by-Step Approach to Surgical Binding Knots
Daniel D. Smeak, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, and Kurtis M. Hazenfield, DVM, MS Colorado State University Certain binding knots are highly useful in achieving consistently secure ligations. Very little information is available in the human and veterinary literature describing indications and contraindications for use of binding knots for ligation, and we could find no published, wellillustrated …
Surgical SkillsCreating a Leak-Proof Ligature with ConfidencePart 1: Overview of Ligation & Surgical Binding Knots
Daniel D. Smeak, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, and Kurtis M. Hazenfield, DVM, MS Colorado State University Certain binding, or friction, knots are highly useful in achieving consistently secure ligations, and ideal qualities of a first-throw friction knot include the ability to: Cinch down tightly and completely without premature binding Resist loosening once placed, allowing time for …