Surgery

Bandage care
ALL SPLINTS, CASTS AND BANDAGES MUST BE KEPT DRY!!! If a splint, etc, becomes wet, it must be changed as soon as possible. Wet bandaging material can cause serious problems...

Bellies, Bladder, and Bowels: Exploring the abdomen and perfecting the "otomies" in your practice
Abdominal surgery is a common procedure in modern veterinary practice. It is important for the practitioner to become familiar with the procedure to develop confidence in performing an...

Canine Pyometra
What is pyometra? Pyometra is defined as an infection in the uterus. The uterus is also known as the womb and is where the developing fetus is located. It...

Chylothorax: Medical and Surgical Management
Chylothorax is a collection of chyle in the pleural space.  Chylothorax remains a complicated condition that is poorly understood and difficult to treat.  In most animals, abnormal flow...

Hip Dysplasia
Check out Dr. Kirkby's recent article in Veterinary Surgery regarding non-surgical management of hip dysplasia (Veterinary Surgery 41 (2012) 2-9 2011 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons).

Lipomas
Adipose Tumors What is this tumor? Almost all tumors of adipose tissue (fat) are slow-growing and benign. They are called lipomas. The tumors are usually permanently cured by full surgical...

Management of Portosystemic Shunts
Portosystemic Vascular Anomalies (PSVA) or Portosystemic Shunts (PSS) are anomalous vessels that allow normal portal blood to pass directly into the systemic circulation without first passing through the...

Multi-modal Management of Arthritis
Pain Management Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are the first line of pain relieving medication used in small animals.  These medications decrease inflammation and relieve pain associated with acute trauma and/or...

New treatment options for common orthopedic conditions: Stem Cell Therapy and Shock Wave Therapy
Stem cell and shock wave therapies have been used in the equine industry for nearly a decade, but have only recently been recognized as treatments for small animal...

Pelvic limb procedures clip/shave prep area
The entire affected leg will have the hair shaved off in order to establish and maintain the cleanest surgical site possible. Example of a standard surgical clip for a...

Piecing the puzzle back together: Wound management & basic reconstructive skin surgery
Irrigants are delivered at a pressure of 8 psi (35-mL syringe and 19-gauge needle) to be maximally effective.  The use of a higher pressure lavage may be more...

Portosystemic shunts (PSS)
What is a liver shunt? The portal vein is a large vein that collects blood from the systemic circulation and carries it into the liver, where toxins and other...

Principles of Reptile Surgery
Anatomy The anatomy of reptiles varies among orders, families, and species.  A knowledge of the basic features of reptilian anatomy is therefore vital to surgeons. Cardiovascular System - Chelonians and...

Principles of Surgical Oncology
Surgery is the oldest form of treatment for neoplasia.  Although many tumors are amenable to surgical therapy, surgery is now a part of a much larger team that...

Rabbit Surgery
General Surgical Considerations Presurgical Evaluation A complete thorough history including signalment, diet and appetite, and physical examination should be obtained before surgery.  An attempt should be made to assess the...

Therapeutic LASERS
Lasers were first used surgically in high doses to cut or seal tissue. It is only recently that therapeutic lasers have gained wide recognition in veterinary medicine. Lasers, along...

TPLO post-op rehabilitation
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) Protocol PLEASE FOLLOW DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY AND CALL IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. Weeks 2 through 5 At your 2 week re-check appointment we will review this protocol...

What is a specialist?
A veterinary specialist, as recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is a graduate veterinarian who has successfully completed the process of board certification in an AVMA-recognized...

Working Out The Kinks of Common Canine Shoulder Tendinopathies
The Shoulder Joint The canine shoulder joint is composed of the glenoid cavity of the scapula and the humeral head. There are many soft tissue structures that surround the...

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