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Companion Animal Practice
Practical approach to reconstruction of wounds in small animal practice Part 1
  1. Davina Anderson

    Davina Anderson graduated from Cambridge in 1989. She has recently taken up a residency in soft tissue surgery at Cambridge University veterinary school. She holds the RCVS certificate in small animal surgery and is completing a PhD in epidermaldermal interactions. Her interests include wound healing, skin grafting, treatment of burns and reconstructive surgery.


WOUND reconstruction in small animal practice may be performed as part of a routine surgical procedure or in the management of a traumatic skin deficit. More recently, developments in oncologic surgery and the principle of achieving wide surgical margins have created a need for the reconstruction of large skin deficits. Whatever the aetiology of the wound, the basic principles of reconstruction apply. This article, divided into two parts, presents a practical approach to wound reconstruction. Part 1 discusses the surgical principles of reconstructive surgery of the skin. Careful management of the tissue and a thorough understanding of surgical pathology are important in order to gain the most from the surgical techniques described in Part 2, to be published in the next issue, which covers the management of large skin deficits.

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