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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.

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Fundamentals Of Surgical Oncology In Small Animals

In human surgical oncology, 60% of human patients battling cancer are cured by surgery alone.¬†Likewise, in veterinary medicine, surgery is considered the most important component of treatment in dogs and cats suffering from solid tumors because, in many cases, surgery offers the best chance for improving patients’ quality of life.

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Use of Random Subdermal Flaps to Repair Extensive Skin Defects

Dena L. Lodato, DVM, and Jennifer L. Wardlaw, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS In veterinary medicine, many surgical problems, including tumor resection and trauma, can result in skin defects that can be extensive and require additional repair techniques beyond undermining (separating the skin from the underlying tissue) and simple suture closure. When wide surgical margins are …

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The Cutting Edge: Introducing Reduced Port Laparoscopic Surgery

  Jeffrey J. Runge, DVM, Diplomate ACVS In both animals and humans, minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized modern surgical practices; it has significantly changed modern surgical thinking, surgical techniques, and patient care.1 Compared with similar open procedures,2¬†these new techniques are readily available for companion animals with proven advantages, such as: Decreased postoperative pain3 Improved postoperative …

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