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Companion Animal Practice
Surgery of the lower urinary tract in dogs: 1. Bladder surgery
  1. Victoria Lipscomb

    Victoria Lipscomb graduated from Cambridge in 1996 and undertook an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). After a period in general practice, she completed a three-year residency in small animal surgery at the RVC. She then spent 18 months in private referral practice as a soft tissue surgeon before returning to the RVC as a lecturer in soft tissue surgery. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery.


SURGICAL management of bladder disorders is frequently indicated in practice, whereas surgery of the urethra is less commonly performed. A thorough evaluation of the patient, including diagnostic investigations, and appropriate stabilisation are essential before proceeding with surgery. This article reviews the principles and preoperative management relating to surgery of the lower urinary tract and describes the techniques used in bladder surgery. A second article, to be published in the next issue, will outline the techniques used in urethral surgery and discuss the postoperative management of the lower urinary tract surgery patient.

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