Mesh skin graft: Step 1 (large photo)

Mesh skin graft: Step 1 (large photo)

source-image
Dec 01, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

After administering general anesthesia, place the animal in lateral recumbency with the affected area exposed. Remove the bandage and protect the wound with a sterile saline-moistened sponge. Prepare the skin around the wound for aseptic surgery. Take care to keep scrub and antiseptic solution off the wound.

To protect the wound while preparing the donor site, wrap the affected limb with a section of sterile aluminum foil torn from a roll that has been autoclaved. An assistant can easily remove the foil after the limb is draped.

To prepare the donor site for aseptic surgery, clip and surgically scrub the lower craniolateral thoracic area. Clip widely to ensure that haired skin will not be pulled from under the drapes when the donor site is closed. Then drape the animal so the wound and donor site are both accessible.

If the wound has a bed of granulation tissue that has started to epithelialize, remove the epithelium with a thumb forceps and a No. 15 scalpel blade. Then place a piece of sterile cloth over the wound to absorb blood and provide an outline of the wound. Cut the cloth along the outline with scissors to fit the wound.

Step by Step Article

ADVERTISEMENT

Photo galleries

10 essential cats and quotes

FIRSTLINE - Oct 31, 2014

By dvm360.com staff

Appreciate the beauty of cats with this homage to the feline form.

Photo gallery: The furry faces of fall

FIRSTLINE - Oct 30, 2014

By dvm360.com staff

These precious pets are having a howling good time enjoying the perks of autumn.

Your veterinary clinic cat texts your techs

FIRSTLINE - Oct 13, 2014

By CC the Clinic Cat

CC, your veterinary clinic cat, celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week with her own brand of cat sass.