Routinely performed reconstruction surgical procedures at the Animal Medical Center by our board-certified surgeon include:
- Skin grafts
- Skin flaps
- Wound management
- Burn management
- Thoracic/abdominal wall reconstruction
- Use of skin stretchers
The integumentary system is very important. It is considered the largest organ of the body. The skin and the fur are responsible for covering the animal’s body and protecting the underlying organs.
Skin grafts and skin flaps are imperative to wound healing and indicated in integumentary that have a concern for decreased blood flow or exposed tissues. The goal of a skin graft or flap is to cover defects with poor vascularity, improve regional circulation to an area, provide a full-thickness skin surface over areas where padding and durability are essential, give immediate protection to nerves, vessels, tendons and other structures susceptible to exposure and injury and provide a skin surface with hair growth characteristics comparable to that of the original skin surface area.
Indications for reconstruction surgery:
- Large mass removal (core body or distal limbs)
- Traumatic Injuries (patients suffering from shearing injuries of the core body or distal limbs)
- Patients suffering from non-healing wounds