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Turner and McIlwraith's Techniques in Large Animal Surgery

  • Fully revised new edition of the classic book on surgical procedures in equine and farm animal species
  • Presents detailed step-by-step descriptions of commonly used surgical techniques
  • Includes clear line drawings to illustrate the concepts covered
  • Offers eight new techniques and several rewritten chapters
  • Provides interactive review questions and answers and figures from the book on an accompanying website

By: Dean A Hendrickson(Author), AN Baird(Author)

352 pages, b/w line drawings


Hardback | Aug 2013 | Edition: 4 | #223227 | ISBN-13: 9781118273234
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About this book

Turner and McIlwraith's Techniques in Large Animal Surgery, Fourth Edition is an updated version of the classic resource for step-by-step instruction on basic surgical techniques in cattle, horses, swine, goats, and llamas. With detailed line drawings to demonstrate the principles discussed, the book addresses general aspects of surgery such as anesthesia and equipment and provides descriptions of surgical conditions and techniques commonly encountered in large animal practice. Now including a website with interactive review questions and the figures from Turner and McIlwraith's Techniques in Large Animal Surgery in PowerPoint, the Fourth Edition is a highly practical, reliable guide for veterinary students and veterinary practitioners with a large animal caseload.

The Fourth Edition includes eight new techniques and completely rewritten chapters on anesthesia, equine wound management, and surgical techniques in bovine and swine patients, as well as revisions to reflect advances throughout Turner and McIlwraith's Techniques in Large Animal Surgery and updated references. The book continues to supply students and practitioners alike with a valuable resource on the fundamental techniques of farm animal surgery.

“This book is well written and illustrated, concise, and full of relevant practical information. I highly recommend this book to veterinary students during their clinical training and large animal practitioners who wish to review procedures they do infrequently. Priced at just over $100, this book represents an investment you will not regret.” 
- Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 June 2014

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About the Companion Website viii

Contributors ix

Preface to the First Edition xi

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Preface to the Third Edition xv

Preface to the Fourth Edition xvii

1. Presurgical Considerations 3 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Preoperative Evaluation of the Patient 3

Surgical Judgment 4

Principles of Asepsis and Antisepsis 4

Surgical Classifi cations 4

Role of Antibiotics 5

Preoperative Planning 5

Preparation of the Surgical Site 5

Postoperative Infection 6

References 6

2. Anesthesia and Fluid Therapy 7 Khursheed Mama, DVM, DACVA

Anesthesia 7

Fluid Therapy 23

References 29

3. Surgical Instruments 33 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Use of Surgical Instruments 33

Preparation of Instruments 38

General Surgical Instruments 39

Instruments Used Specifi cally in Large Animal Surgery 52

4. Suture Materials and Needles 61 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Suture Materials 61

Needles 67

References 69

5. Knots and Ligatures 71 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Principles of Knot Tying 71

Ligatures 73

References 76

6. Suture Patterns 77 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Basic Suture Patterns 77

Suture Patterns Used for Closure of Hollow Organs 83

Stent Bandages (Tie-Over Dressings) 88

Suture Patterns for Severed Tendons 88

References 91

7. Principles of Wound Management and the Use of Drains93 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Wound Management 93

Methods of Closure and Healing 96

Use of Drains 97

References 101

8. Reconstructive Surgery of Wounds 103 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

References 111

9. Equine Orthopedic Surgery 113 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Medial Patellar Desmotomy 113

Lateral Digital Extensor Tenotomy 114

Inferior (Distal) Check Ligament Desmotomy 119

Superior Check Ligament Desmotomy (After Bramlage) 122

Superficial Digital Flexor Tenotomy 124

Deep Digital Flexor Tenotomy 126

Sectioning of the Palmar (or Plantar) Annular Ligament of theFetlock 127

Palmar Digital Neurectomy 129

Amputation of the Splint (II and IV Metacarpal and Metatarsal)Bones 131

Arthrotomy of the Fetlock Joint and Removal of an ApicalSesamoid Chip Fracture 134

References 136

10. Equine Urogenital Surgery 139 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Castration 139

Cryptorchidectomy by the Inguinal, Parainguinal, and FlankApproach 152

Laparoscopic Cryptorchidectomy 155

Caslick s Operation for Pneumovagina in the Mare 156

Urethroplasty by Caudal Relocation of the Transverse Fold159

Cesarean Section in the Mare 160

Circumcision of the Penis (Reefing) 164

Amputation of the Penis 166

Aanes Method of Repair of Third-Degree PerinealLaceration 169

References 174

11. Surgery of the Equine Upper Respiratory Tract177 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Tracheostomy 177

Laryngotomy, Laryngeal Ventriculectomy, and Ventriculocordectomy179

Partial Resection of the Soft Palate 183

Surgical Entry and Drainage of the Guttural Pouches 186

References 189

12. Equine Dental and Gastrointestinal Surgery 191 Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Repulsion of Cheek Teeth 191

Ventral Midline Laparotomy and Abdominal Exploration 196

Standing Flank Laparotomy 202

Umbilical Herniorrhaphy in the Foal 207

References 210

13. Bovine Gastrointestinal Surgery 211 A. N. Baird, DVM, MS, DACVS

Principles of Laparotomy 211

Flank Laparotomy and Abdominal Exploration 212 Rumenotomy 215

Rumenostomy (Rumenal Fistulation) 219

Surgical Corrections of Abomasal Displacements and Torsion221

Surgical Correction of Cecal Dilatation/Volvulus 231

Small Intestinal Resection and Anastomosis 231

References 232

14. Bovine Urogenital Surgery 235 A. N. Baird, DVM, MS, DACVS

Calf Castration 235

Urethrostomy 236

Hematoma Evacuation of the Bovine Penis 241

Preputial Resection and Anastomosis in the Bull 245

Surgical Techniques for Teaser Bull Preparation 248

Inguinal Herniorrhaphy in the Mature Bull 252

Unilateral Castration 257

Cesarean Section in the Cow 258

Retention Suturing of the Bovine Vulva (Buhner s Method)265

Cervicopexy for Vaginal Prolapse (after Winkler) 266

References 270

15. Bovine General Surgery 273 A. N. Baird, DVM, MS, DACVS

Digit Amputation 273

Digit Amputation via Disarticulation 274

Eye Enucleation 276

Cosmetic Dehorning 277

Rib Resection and Pericardiotomy 280

Repair of Teat Lacerations 283

Third Eyelid Resection 288

Tracheotomy 288

Umbilical Surgery 289

References 290

16. Small Ruminant Surgery 293 A. N. Baird, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dehorning the Mature Goat 293

Disbudding the Young Goat 295

Obstructive Urolithiasis 296

Mastectomy 297

Vasectomy 298

Cesarean Section 299

Rectal Prolapse Resection in Small Ruminants 300

References 301

17. Camelid Surgery 303 A. N. Baird, DVM, MS, DACVS

Castration of the Llama 303

Cesarean Section in the Camelid 304

Tooth Removal in the Llama 305

References 309

18. Swine Surgery 311 A. N. Baird, DVM, MS, DACVS

Castration of the Piglet 311

Inguinal Herniorrhaphy in the Piglet 312

Cryptorchid Castration of Piglets 314

Preputial Diverticulum Ablation 316

Cesarean Section in the Sow 317

Ovariohysterectomy in the Pot-Bellied Pig 319

Rectal Prolapse Ring Placement 319

References 320

Index 323

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Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS, is Associate Dean and Professor of Surgery at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Fort Collins, Colorado.

A.N. Baird, DVM, MS, DACVS, is Chief of Staff of the Large Animal Hospital and Section Chief of Large Animal Surgery and Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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