Presutures for skin stretching: Step 1 (large photo)

Presutures for skin stretching: Step 1 (large photo)

source-image
May 29, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

After administering a tranquilizer or neuroleptanalgesic, prepare the skin around the lesion for aseptic surgery. Then inject a local long-acting analgesic agent (e.g. bupivacaine) around the lesion.

To place the sutures in the skin on either side of the lesion or defect, use 2-0 or 3-0 nonabsorbable synthetic monofilament suture material (nylon or polypropylene) with a swaged cutting needle. Another option is to use suture material one or two sizes larger than what will be used to close the wound. The larger diameter may distribute tension better and may be less likely to cut into the tissues. However, the larger the diameter of nylon or polypropylene, the greater the potential for difficulties with knot security.

Using a Lembert suture, place the first bite in the skin and out of the skin on the same side of the wound.

Step by Step Article
Video of the procedure

ADVERTISEMENT

Photo galleries

A low-stress approach to IV catheter placement

FIRSTLINE - Jul 24, 2015

By Ciera Miller, CVT

When you’re placing an IV catheter, it’s important to keep minimizing the pet’s stress a constant priority.

Confessions: Eau de parvo, flea control by fence and your funniest secrets yet

dvm360.com - Jul 20, 2015

By dvm360.com staff

Our eleven favorite LOL-worthy vet confessions.

7 steps to bring the pop back to veterinary team meetings

FIRSTLINE - Jul 14, 2015

By Oriana D. Scislowicz, BS, LVT

Try these boredom busters to bring the fun back to your team training meetings.