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Companion Animal Practice
Practical approach to reconstruction of wounds in small animal practice Part 2
  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.


REPAIR of large skin deficits can be an all-round challenge, involving preoperative planning, careful preparation of the patient and a high standard of postoperative care. This article is not intended as a comprehensive guide to all ways of closing wounds, but covers some of the most useful techniques for reconstruction. The techniques may be used individually as a one-step procedure or in combination as part of a staged process of wound closure. A sound understanding of the healing processes and the principles of surgical manipulation of the skin is essential in order to gain the most from these techniques. The aim is to achieve a functional and cosmetic repair in the shortest time possible, with least discomfort to the patient.

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