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Large Animal Surgical Techniques, 3E / Edition 3

Large Animal Surgical Techniques, 3E / Edition 3


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The Third Edition of this classic surgery text is the ideal resource for veterinary students and equine and mixed large animal practitioners. The book can be used both as an introduction to the fundamental techniques of large animal surgery and as an easy-to-use guide for quick reference in the field. The step-by-step technique sections have been restructured to allow faster access to information, including objectives and lists of equipment needed for each procedure. In addition to general updates throughout, this edition features new sections on minimally invasive surgery, laser surgery, and laparotomy. Coverage includes surgical techniques for horses, cows, pigs, goats, and select exotic species. Most techniques presented can be performed without the advantages of a fully equipped large animal hospital or teaching institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780781782555
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Edition description: REV
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 8.82(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS, is a professor of surgery at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents.

Preface of First Edition.

Preface of Second Edition.

Preface of Third Edition.

1. Techniques in Large Animal Surgery.

Presurgical Considerations.

2. Anesthesia and Fluid Therapy.


Fuid Therapy.

3. Surgical Instruments.

Use of Surgical Instruments.

Preparation of Instruments.

General Surgical Instruments.

Instruments Used Specifically in Large Animal Surgery.

4. Suture Materials and Needles.

Suture Materials.


5. Knots and Ligatures.

Principles of Knot Tying.


6. Suture Patterns.

Basic Suture Patterns.

Suture Patterns Used for Closure of Hollow Organs.

Stent Bandages (Tie-Over Dressings).

Suture Patterns for Severed Tendons.

7. Principles of Wound Management and the Use of Drains.

Wound Management.

Suturing Traumatic Wounds.

Use of Drains.

8. Reconstructive Surgery of Wounds.

9. Equine Orthopedic Surgery.

Medial Patellar Desmotomy.

Cunean Tenectomy.

Lateral Digital Extensor Tenotomy.

Inferior (Distal) Check Ligament Desmotomy.

Superior Check Ligament Desmotomy (After Bramlage).

Superficial Digital Flexor Tenotomy.

Deep Digital Flexor Tenotomy.

Sectioning of the Palmar (or Plantar) Annular Ligament of the Fetlock.

Palmer Digital Neurectomy.

Amputation of the Splint (II and IV Metacarpal and Metatarsal) Bones.

Arthrotomy of the Midcarpal Joint.

Arthrotomy of the Fetlock Joint and Removal of an Apical Sesamoid ChipFracture.

10. Equine Urogenital Surgery.


Cryptorchidectomy by the Inguinal and Parainguinal Approach.

Laparoscopic Cryptorchidectomy.

Caslick’s Operation for Pneumovagina in the Mare.

Urethroplasty by Caudal Relocation of the Transverse Fold.

Cesarean Section in the Mare.

Circumcision of the Penis (Reefing).

Amputation of the Penis.

Aanes’ Method of Repair of Third-Degree Perineal Laceration.

11. Surgery of the Equine Upper Respiratory Tract.


Laryngotomy, Laryngeal Ventriculectomy, and Ventriculocordectomy.

Partial Resection of the Soft Palate.

Surgical Entry and Drainage of the Guttural Pouch.

12. Equine Dental and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Repulsion of Cheek Teeth.

Ventral Midline Laparotomy and Abdominal Exploration.

Standing Flank Laparotomy.

Umbilical Herniorrhaphy in the Foal.

13. Bovine Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Principles of Laparotomy.

Flank Laparotomy and Abdominal Exploration.


Rumenostomy (Rumenal Fistulation).

Surgical Corrections of Abomasal Displacements and Torsion.

14. Bovine Urogenital Surgery.

Calf Castration.


Hematoma Evacuation of the Bovine Penis.

Preputial Amputation (Circumcision) in the Bull.

Surgical Techniques for Teaser Bull Preparation.

Inguinal Herniorrhaphy in the Mature Bull.

Cesarean Section in the Cow.

Retention Suturing of the Bovine Vulva (Buhner’s Method).

Cervicopexy for Vaginal Prolapse (After Winkler).

15. Miscellaneous Bovine Surgical Techniques.

Digit Amputation.

Eye Enucleation.

Cosmetic Dehorning.

Rib Resection and Pericardiotomy.

Repair of Teat Lacerations.

16. Surgical Techniques in Swine.

Castration of the Piglet.

Inguinal Herniorrhaphy in the Piglet.

Cesarean Section in the Sow.

17. Miscellaneous Surgical Techniques.

Dehorning the Mature Goat.

Tooth Removal in the Llama.


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