Soft tissue surgery - the good, the bad and the practical

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About the course

Surgery is a discipline that requires veterinary surgeons not just to learn the background theory, but also to accumulate experience and in doing so to build up clinical judgement. There are some areas however where the theory is difficult to translate into practice without some sort of guidance.  

This course aims to review some of these areas together with some of the potential pitfalls and practical tips to help avoid them. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Getting the most out of each and every ex lap including the question of what to biopsy, when, how many and how safe is it?
  • How to cope with an abdominal emergency - step by step from arrival to surgery
  • How not to make a bad situation worse – surgery and tumours in practice

In addition to this, the advice about how to manage soft tissue sarcomas in dogs and cats has evolved a lot in recent years, with the result that there are now many different recommendations available depending on where you go for information, some of which contradict each other!  A patient-focused, best practice approach will be reviewed with case examples to illustrate typical problems and challenges.

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are: 

  • How to maximise the benefits from ‘diagnostic’ ex laps
  • Sampling techniques within the abdomen
  • How to manage the acute abdomen in a practical way
  • The best practice in managing surgical tumours in practice  
  • The current advice for soft tissue sarcomas

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