Dr. Pavletic is the Head of the Department of Surgery and Director of Surgical Services at Bostonís Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Illinois, and a 1981 diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is the author of the 1999 Atlas of Small Animal Reconstructive Surgery, Second Edition, published by W.B. Saunders.
Surgical stapling equipment allows the small-animal surgeon to perform a variety of challenging abdominal surgical procedures more quickly and consistently than with conventional, hand-suturing techniques. This article will summarize the use of these devices.