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Manual of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

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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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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.


"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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