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Manual of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

ISBN: 978-0-8138-0089-9
504 pages
November 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Gain the benefit of 20 years' experience in small animal soft tissue surgery. In this book, Karen Tobias explains the tips and tricks that experienced surgeons use to make a procedure easier, faster and more successful. She provides clear, concise, detailed and well-illustrated instructions on how to complete all the common procedures performed in small animal practice. Hundreds of high-quality color photographs and detailed line drawings are included to provide step-by-step instructions, giving you confidence when attempting these techniques.

Key Features:

  • Organized by procedure type and includes sections on surgery of the skin, abdomen, digestive system, reproductive tract, perineal, head and neck, and miscellaneous procedures
  • Each chapter contains an introduction, tips for preoperative management, surgery, and surgical techniques, and postoperative considerations
  • A practical manual useful for small animal veterinarians at all stages of their training and career
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Contributors ix

Preface xi

Section 1: Surgery of the Skin 3

1. Primary Wound Closure 5

2. Lumpectomy and Primary Closure 17

3. Basic Flaps 27

4. Tension-Relieving Incisions 37

5. Full-Thickness Mesh Grafts 43

6. Caudal Superfi cial Epigastric Axial Pattern Flap 51

7. Mastectomy 57

8. Tie-over Bandage 67

Section 2: Abdominal Procedures 71

9. Abdominal Incisions 73

10. Umbilical Hernia 85

11. Inguinal Hernia 89

12. Diaphragmatic Hernia 95

13. Splenectomy 103

14. Abdominal Lymph Node Biopsy 109

15. Peritonitis 113

Section 3: Surgery of the Digestive System 123

16. Liver Biopsy 125

17. Pancreatic Biopsy 135

18. Gastrotomy 141

19. Gastrostomy Tube Placement 147

20. Incisional Gastropexy 157

21. Intestinal Biopsy 163

22. Intestinal Foreign Bodies 169

23. Intestinal Resection and Anastomosis 175

24. Enterostomy Tube Placement 183

25. Colopexy 191

26. Rectal Polyp Resection 195

Section 4: Surgery of the Reproductive Tract 199

27. Prepubertal Gonadectomy 201

28. Feline Castration 207

29. Canine Castration 215

30. Cryptorchid Castration 225

31. Prostatic Biopsy 231

32. Prostatic Omentalization 235

33. Ovariohysterectomy 241

34. Cesarean Section 255

35. Pyometra 261

36. Episiotomy 265

37. Episioplasty 269

Section 5: Surgery of the Urinary Tract 275

38. Renal Biopsy 277

39. Nephrectomy 285

40. Cystotomy 289

41. Cystostomy Tube Placement 295

42. Prescrotal Urethrotomy 301

43. Scrotal Urethrostomy 307

44. Perineal Urethrostomy in Cats 313

45. Urethral Prolapse 323

Section 6: Perineal Procedures 329

46. Anal Sacculectomy 331

47. Perineal Hernia 339

48. Rectal Prolapse 347

49. Tail Amputation 353

Section 7: Surgery of the Head and Neck 359

50. Oronasal Fistulas 361

51. Lateral Ear Canal Resection 371

52. Vertical Ear Canal Resection 379

53. Mandibular Lymph Node Excision 387

54. Sialoceles 393

55. Stenotic Nares 401

56. Elongated Soft Palate 407

57. Tracheostomy Tube Placement 417

58. Esophagostomy Tube Placement 425

59. Feline Thyroidectomy 433

Section 8: Miscellaneous Procedures 441

60. Onychectomy 443

61. Dewclaw Removal 455

62. Thoracostomy Tube Placement 461

63. Finger-Trap Suture 473

Appendix 479

Absorbable Suture Materials 479

Index 481

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Karen Tobias is a board certified ACVS Veterinary Surgeon with over 20 years of experience performing and teaching small animal soft tissue surgery. She is a Full Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles as well as editing and contributing book material. She lectures frequently on the subject at local, national and international meetings.
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“In summary, this text would be a useful addition to any practice library and provides an easily accessible and clear reference guide to common soft tissue surgical procedures.  The author is to be commended for the quality of the photography and concise step wise descriptions.  As a text, it would complement books such as the BSAVA manuals, and for recent graduates with an interest in surgery, it provides an excellent reference text to guide them as they gain surgical experience.”  (JSAP, 2012)

"Overall, I believe that this book is an excellent resource that would be most useful for veterinary students and new graduates as well as a refresher guide for experienced practitioners. It would be a valuable addition to the library of any general practitioner, and it is a must for general practitioners with an interest in surgery." (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, June 2010)

"This manual will provide a valuable addition to the practice library, and may well frequently end up propped open in the operating theatre. The main audience will be veterinary students and newly qualified vets, but more experienced practitioners will also find something useful in descriptions of procedures with which they are already familiar." (Veterinary Record, February 2010)

"The purpose is to provide step-by-step instructions for procedures while avoiding much of the extraneous detail found in many surgical textbooks. This book provides a much needed focus on soft tissue surgery procedures likely to be encountered and performed in a general practitioner setting. Veterinary students and veterinarians will find this to be an essential, easy to read reference for these procedures." (Doody's, February 2010)

"Tobias draws on 20 years of experience performing and teaching small animal soft tissue surgery … .The text offers clear, concise, detailed, and well-illustrated instructions for performing all the common soft tissue surgical procedures conducted in small animal practices, complete with tips and tricks to make procedures faster, easier, and more successful." (Book News, December 2009)

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