Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery
Provides a fully updated new edition of this comprehensive, detailed reference to surgical syndromes and diseases in small animals
Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery, Second Edition offers a thoroughly revised new edition of this comprehensive, detailed reference to surgical syndromes and diseases in small animal patients. Featuring detailed surgical descriptions accompanied by high-quality illustrations, the book updates the procedures throughout to include new and revised techniques. New chapters cover pyloric hypertrophy, coagulation factors and anticoagulation strategies, and pacemakers, with a newly standalone chapter on persistent aortic arches.
Organized by body system, each section of the book includes a brief review of surgical anatomy and physiology. Chapters present surgical techniques, with information on pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis, and a companion website provides video clips and slideshows demonstrating the procedures.
The Second Edition:
- Presents a complete resource to small animal soft tissue surgery
- Features detailed surgical descriptions accompanied by high-quality illustrations
- Updates surgical techniques throughout to reflect new or refined procedures
- Adds chapters on pyloric hypertrophy, coagulation factors and anticoagulation strategies, and pacemakers, and splits persistent aortic arches into an expanded standalone chapter
- Features video clips and slideshows on a companion website to demonstrate the techniques covered
Relying on the very latest literature to present the current state of the art, Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery is an essential reference for small animal surgeons, residents, and practitioners performing soft tissue surgery.
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Claude Bourgelat, Director of the Lyon Academy of Horsemanship, founded the first veterinary school in France in 1761. The main objective was to train veterinarians to protect cattle and horses against diseases. Little did he know about the amazing transformation veterinary science would go through from the time he created the first veterinary school and wrote his book Elements of Horsemanship. A number of specialties have evolved, including internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology, oncology, radiology, dentistry, and surgery.
The limits of surgery have been extended with the development of new diagnostic tools, better understanding of pathophysiology, and new imaging techniques such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and nuclear medicine. Cardiopulmonary bypass has become available to small animal surgeons. Oncologic surgery has expanded in the last 30 years because of the development of imaging technology and a better understanding of the pathophysiology of different tumors. Minimally invasive surgery and interventional radiology have emerged and have expanded exponentially in the last decade. As a consequence, veterinary surgery is becoming more specialized, with a general division between orthopedic surgery and soft tissue surgery. Thus a textbook of small animal soft tissue surgery is required.
In this second edition of this textbook, all the chapters have been revised and edited, and some new chapters have been added. This second edition of this textbook, like the first, has four goals. First, it had to be based as much as possible on evidence. Therefore, authors were selected who were known for the most recent contributions to the field. Each author was asked to perform a thorough review of the literature and to present evidence-based information. Since soft tissue surgery requires the interaction of several specialties (internal medicine, imaging, and critical care), most chapters have several authors. Each author was responsible for a specific aspect of the chapter (i.e., internal medicine, radiology, surgery, and critical care).
Second, since the textbook is strictly focused on soft tissue surgery, general chapters on surgical biology and on anesthesia and pain management are not included. Similarly, I did not include chapters on wound management or neurosurgery, since excellent textbooks on these topics are already available.
Third, I wanted the textbook to provide good documentation and illustrations. Surgery cannot be understood and performed without good illustrations. With this in mind, I selected one of the best medical illustrators, Dennis Giddings, who was the illustrator of An Atlas of Surgical Approaches to the Bones and Joints of the Dog and Cat, edited by Piermattei and Johnson. The illustrations went back and forth several times between the illustrator, authors, editor, and publisher to ensure the best results. Also, a website with excellent color intraoperative pictures and videos about the procedures is included with the textbook. The videos describe each surgical procedure step by step. This website is a work in progress and will be expanded with future editions.
Lastly, this textbook is intended for a wide audience, from private practitioners to specialists, including residents studying for boards. Because the most recent literature has been reviewed, the book should be of great help to residents.
The book is divided into systems, and each system subdivided into diseases or syndromes. This has allowed a thorough discussion of each important topic. The anatomy or physiology related to a certain condition is only briefly reviewed when needed. Readers are referred to specific textbooks that specialize on the topic. Knowledge of each topic is becoming so important that each chapter focuses specifically on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of each disease or syndrome.
I would like to thank all the authors and section editors who helped me during the long process of creating the second edition of this textbook. This book will be updated as often as needed in order to stay up to date with progress in the veterinary surgery of small animals.
Professor, Small Animal Surgery, Colorado State University