DVM Best Practices, Nov 1, 2004 - DVM
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DVM Best Practices, Nov 1, 2004
Suturing techniques
Intracorporeal suturing in minimally invasive surgery
By John C. Huhn, DVM, MS
Minimally invasive surgery is a rapidly developing discipline in veterinary medicine, thanks to its widespread use in human medicine. During the past 20 years, veterinarians have watched a temporally similar development with arthroscopic surgery. While minimally invasive surgery has many advantages over traditional open surgery—including reduced postoperative pain, reduced recovery times, and improved operative results—there is a caveat: It requires specialized training and considerable experience. In this article, I'll focus on one particular minimally invasive technique—intracorporeal suturing.
Alternative equipment
Surgical Stapling in Abdominal Surgery
By Michael M. Pavletic, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
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.
Suturing
Sutures: Past, Present, and Future
By Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS
We live in a time when polymer chemists work magic with different suture materials to give them specific properties that benefit surgeons. Today's sutures absorb within a consistent time frame every time veterinarians use them, possess specific handling characteristics, demonstrate good knot security, and cause minimal tissue inflammation.
Thoratic surgery
Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
By Eric Monnet, DVM, MD, PhD, DACVS, DECVS
Imagine exploring the thoracic cavity and performing surgical interventions without using an intercostal or a median sternotomy.
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