Complications in Small Animal Surgery First Edition
Dominique Griffon, DVM, MS, PhD, DECVS, DACVS; Annick Hamaide, DVM, PhD, DECVS, (Eds)

You may purchase this book on Amazon.com.Review by Kathy Lyon  
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 There are 17 sections with like issues grouped together: Surgical Infections: Post-op Complications; Head and Neck Surgery; Dental and Oral Surgery; Thoracic Surgery: General Abdominal Surgery; Gastrointestinal Surgery; Urinary Tract Surgery: Surgery of the Reproductive Tract; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Neurologic Surgery; Fractures, Ostiotomies, Perioperative Complications; Orthopedic Salvage Procedures: Surgery of the Coxofemoral Joint; Stifle Surgery; Scapulohumeral Joint Surgery; Surgery of the Elbow.

Within each section are salient topics associated with the section title. First, and likely top of the list of surgeons’ fears, is the spectre of post surgical wound infections. An incision suspected of infection is opened for inspection and photographed. The author walks you through the appropriate steps in resolving the situation—diagnosis, treatment, selection of antimicrobials, outcome. Follow-up comes next as well as advice for prevention. Suggestions follow in each topic regarding success studies from relevant literature. A similar format follows each case with similar attention to detail.

Sepsis control is well described with drawings showing the route of infection. Drainage, lab findings, medical and surgical treatment are all suggested and methods explained. Tables assist in most cases.

Peritonitis is an important issue to consider, including that feared incident, the spontaneous rupture of a pus-distended uterus with pyometra. Diagnostic imaging, lavage, and risk factors are discussed. Surgical intervention and management are included. Peritonitis, drainage, treatment, outcome and prevention follow.

This brings you only part way through Section 1. In each topic, the methods for prevention are at the end of the topic. The authors are trusting that the clinician who has these cases to contend with will continue reading about how the problem could have been avoided. The thinking here may be that the veterinarian wants to get right to the resolution and speed up the repair process before he goes on to how the situation might have been avoided.

The book continues along the same lines throughout.—Definition, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, risk factors, outcome. Some have CT scans and three-dimensional views side by side. Endoscopic views also help the clinician visualize any possible problems that need to be addressed. Illustrations are used whenever needed.

Hopefully this is a book that the veterinary surgeon would not need too often, but it does make for educational reading. This review could have been longer, but aside from the individual surgical issues, the format of the subjects follows a specific format, repeated for each case, for 935 pages. Practically any surgical complication will be listed and a resolution suggested. Suffice it to say that there are hundreds of emergencies put together here with excellent photos and assists on how to resolve the problem. A good idea would be to go over the Table of Contents to get an idea of the scope of surgical complications included. The Wiley website will have a copy of the TOC. Every clinic should have this book for fast reference if only for those one or two post-surgical emergencies that must be tackled as soon as possible. This would be very useful for the Emergency Clinic who might get the 2:00AM case.

If one peruses the table of contents, you can see an important list of nightmare scenarios, how to repair them, and how they could have been prevented. Most are accompanied by color photos. Charts, table, and imaging views help to clarify the process of repair.

This is a book that should be in every practice. Certainly, it will save clients’ animals often enough to have warranted the purchase.

Published: Wiley Blackwell, Publishers. 949 pages, 88 contributors, Hard Cover, Color and B&W photos, Radiographs, Endoscopy, and CT images.

ISBN: 9780470959626

A website accompanies this book, including: videos, figures from the book, linked references.
Password to access the website is in the book.


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
 
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Equine Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction
 
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Fundamentals of Small Animal Surgery
 
Fundamentals of Small Animal Surgery 1st ed
 
How to Use Leg Wraps, Bandages and Boots (VSPN Review)
 
Inspecting Surgical Instruments – An Illustrated Guide (VSPN Review)
 
Manual Soft Surg.
 
Noordsy’s Food Animal Surgery, 5th Edition (VSPN)
 
Ophthalmology of Exotic Pets
 
Ophthalmology of Exotic Pets
 
Ophthalmology of Exotic Pets
 
Reconstructive Surgery and Wound Management of the Dog and Cat
 
Reconstructive Surgery and Wound Management of the Dog and Cat (VSPN)
 
Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy
 
Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy (VSPN)
 
Small Animal Surgical Emergencies
 
Small Animal Surgical Nursing Skills and Concepts 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
Surgical Complications: Equine
 
Surgical Patient Care for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
 
Suturing Principles and Techniques in Laboratory Animal Surgery (VSPN)
 
The Feline Patient 4th edition (VSPN Review)
 
The Little Book of CT in Veterinary Medicine: A PRACTICAL Guide to CT Technique for Technicians and Veterinarians
 
Vet. Laser Surgery
 
Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal
 
Wound Care Equine
 
* Atlas Orthopedic Surg. Dog Cat
 
* BSAVA Wound Mgmt.
 
* External Fixation SA
 
* Handbook Equine Wound
 
* Lasers Med. Surgery
 
* Manual Equine Field Surgery
 
* SA Ophthalmic Surgery
 
* SA Surg. Nursing (VSPN Review)
 
* SA Surgery 2nd Ed.
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: July 1, 2016

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