Case Studies: Soft Tissue Surgery – Skin surgery

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Elbow hygroma

A three year old doberman presented with a large hygroma, fluid filled sac over the lateral elbow. This was removed but it is highly likely to recur if the underlying cause is not addressed; this is usually big dogs lying on hard floors, with skin being trapped between bone pressure points and a hard unforgiving...

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Skin stretchers to assist the closure of large, difficult wounds

When there isn’t enough skin left to close a wound and skin flaps can’t be created, skin stretchers can sometimes help. Here these skin stretchers are improvised using velcro, tissue glue and pieces of elastic. In this dog, a cancer had been operated elsewhere and it had not been possible to remove the cancer completely....

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