Small Animal Surgery. Basic Principles and Techniques
chevron_left chevron_right

Small Animal Surgery. Basic Principles and Techniques

  • ebook
  • Impreso
$1,599.00 (IVA incluído) $1,599.00 (IVA incluido)
IVA incluido

In this book, the authors have tried to show, in a brief and practical manner, the basic principles and techniques that veterinary surgeons, nurses and students should know, master and improve to enhance the surgical care provided to their patients. The book features chapters about the different methods and techniques to control bacterial contamination and surgical infection, both in terms of the fight against microorganisms and the surgeons and assistants practices in the operating theatre. Information about the instruments and suture materials most commonly used in surgery, how they should be handled, and how to use them to cause as little trauma as possible to the patient, is also provided in other chapters. All the content is illustrated by a large number of images to follow the procedures and techniques described step by step. In addition, the e-book includes high-quality and instructive videos to complete the readers knowledge of surgery and his/her training.

José Rodríguez

Degree and PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid. Professor of Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Department of Animal Pathology of the University of Zaragoza. Surgeon at the Hospital Veterinario Valencia Sur (Valencia, Spain).


Jorge Llinás

Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zaragoza. Diploma of Advanced Studies from the University of Zaragoza. University specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Director and surgeon at the Hospital Veterinario Valencia Sur (Valencia, Spain). President of the Spanish Society of Veterinary Laser and Electrosurgery.

Salvador Guillén

Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University San Pablo CEU of Valencia. Director of the Centro Veterinario Criado de Puig (Valencia, Spain).

Roberto Bussadori

Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Milan. European doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Cardiovascular, thoracic and airway surgeon at the Clinica Veterinaria Gran Sasso, Milan, Italy.

1. Surgical conscience and ethics


Best results with minimal complications

Aseptic surgical technique

Surgical principles

2. Prevention and control of infection

Nosocomial infections

Types of nosocomial infection

Hand hygiene

Cleaning and disinfection around the patient

Surveillance of nosocomial infection

Blood infections associated with venous catheters

Technique for placing a peripheral venous catheter

Care and maintenance of peripheral venous catheters

Fluid therapy maintenance

Urinary tract infections associated with urinary catheterisation

Transurethral catheterisation technique

Maintenance of urinary catheters

Percutaneous urinary catheterisation

Surgical site infections

Risk of surgical site infection

Basic classification of surgical wounds

Prevention of surgical infections

Antibiotic prophylaxis in surgery

Surveillance and monitoring of surgical site infection

3. Sterilisation techniques


Steam autoclaves

Choice of type of autoclave

Autoclave loading and unloading

Control of the efficacy of sterilisation

Autoclave maintenance

Sterilisation of heat-sensitive material. Chemical sterilisation

High-level disinfection

Formol vapour

4. Surgical instruments

Basic concepts

Instrument parts

General categorisation of instruments

Section and dissection

Gripping and handling

Retraction and separation

Clamping and occlusion

Suction and aspiration

Suturing and stapling

Accessory instruments

5. Surgical suite. Cleaning, inspection and maintenance


Characteristics of the surgical suite

Cleaning of the operating theatre

Recommended surgical equipment

Preparation area

Cleaning, inspection and maintenance of surgical instruments

Cleaning of surgical instruments

Inspection of surgical instruments

6. Packaging of material for sterilisation


Packaging for sterilisation

Folding of surgical gowns and field drapes

Sterilisation packages

Woven fabric

Non-woven fabric


Rigid containers

Packaging bags

Packaging technique

“Envelope” or diagonal packaging technique

Rectangular or criss-cross packaging technique

7. Suture and ligation materials

General characteristics of surgical thread and needles

Characteristics of suture thread






Tissue reaction

Classification of sutures

Industrial finishing

Tissue reaction and degradation

Suture package information


Types of suture and needle by tissue. Basic concepts

8. Catheters and drains


Aspiration catheters/Drains

Passive drain

Active drain

9. Admission and preparation of the patient for surgery

Relationships with owners

Shaving and disinfection of the skin

Blade cleaning and maintenance

Preoperative cleaning and washing of the patient

Positioning of the patient on the operating table

Abdominal procedures

Thoracic procedures

Procedures on the limbs

Preparation of the surgical field

Field drapes

Handling and placement of field drapes

10. Preparation of surgical staff


Clothing in the operating theatre

Surgical scrub suit


Surgical face mask

Specific footwear or shoe covers

Behaviour in the surgical area

Presurgical hand washing

Surgical drying of the hands and forearms


Donning surgical gloves

11. Surgical team. Standards during surgery


Non-sterile or circulating nurse

Handing over sterile items

Opening of packaged material

Opening laminated bags

Distribution of fluids

Tasks at the end of surgery

Sterile nurse

Preparation and organisation of instruments

Protection of the patient. Field drapes

Aid and assistance to the surgeon

Handling and handing over instruments to the surgeon

Handling and care of tissue

12. Initial surgical techniques


Skin incision

Long incision

Precise incision

Dissection and section

Sharp dissection

Blunt dissection


Preventative haemostatic techniques

Curative haemostasis techniques


Holding the needle with the needle holder

Suturing technique

Suture patterns

Surgical knots

Haemostasis. Gauze pads. Sponges. Gauze balls

Surgical sponges

Gauze pads and gauze balls

13. Postoperative period. Care and monitoring


Dressings and bandages

Purposes of dressings and bandages

Composition of dressings and bandages


Considerations in maintenance

Prevention of self-trauma

Elizabethan collar

Cervical collar

Bandaging of the legs

Recovery suits

Anti-lick dressings and substances

Identification of complications


Bleeding — haematomas


Suture dehiscence

Delayed healing

Home care

Removal of sutures

14. Basic surgical techniques

Feeding tubes

Pharyngostomy tube

Laparoscopic gastrostomy tube

Midline laparotomy


Postoperative considerations


Possible perioperative complications

  • Autor/es José Rodríguez Gómez
  • Fecha de edición noviembre 2016
  • Nº Páginas 256
  • Encuadernación Tapa dura
  • Tamaño 23 X 29'7
  • Idioma Inglés

Vista previa