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Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 5: Walking sutures

Apr 1, 2010

Walking sutures are tension-type sutures that can be used to close large skin defects in areas where sufficient skin surrounds the wound that can be moved or stretched to close the wound.

Video: How to place walking sutures

Mar 31, 2010

Dr. Steven F. Swaim demonstrates how to place these tension-type sutures that can close large skin defects on the trunks of animals.

Video: Placing full-thickness mesh skin grafts (24:37)

Dec 1, 2009

In this five-part video, Dr. Steven Swaim demonstrates how to place full-thickness mesh skin grafts.

Skills Laboratory: Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 4: Full-thickness mesh skin grafts

Dec 1, 2009

A full-thickness mesh graft is a sheet of skin that includes only the epidermis and the entire dermis and is fenestrated to allow for expansion and drainage.

Skills Laboratory: Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 3: Multiple punctate relaxing incisions

Oct 1, 2009

Multiple punctate relaxing incisions are small parallel, staggered incisions made unilaterally or bilaterally (usually bilaterally) in skin adjacent to a wound to relieve the tension associated with wound closure.

Video: Placing multiple punctate relaxing incisions: Part 2 (3:34)

Oct 1, 2009

When a wound, especially one on a distal limb, is too wide for adequate skin apposition, consider creating these small incisions to relax the surrounding skin and allow for good closure.

Video: Placing multiple punctate relaxing incisions: Part 1

Oct 1, 2009

When a wound, especially one on a distal limb, is too wide for adequate skin apposition, consider creating these small incisions to relax the surrounding skin and allow for good closure.

Skills Laboratory: Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 2: Adjustable horizontal mattress suture

Aug 1, 2009

The adjustable horizontal mattress suture is indicated primarily for limb wounds that are either relatively new or are in the wound contraction phase and in which the edges cannot initially be apposed.

Placing an adjustable horizontal mattress suture to close distal limb wounds: Part 2 (4:53)

Jul 24, 2009

In this video, Dr. Swaim demonstrates how to place an adjustable horizontal mattress suture to close distal limb wounds.

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