Skills Laboratory: Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 3: Multiple punctate relaxing incisions
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.1
These incisions are most commonly used on distal limb wounds. They can also be used for wound closure on the tail where skin is sparse for closure. This technique could help close trunk wounds; however, walking sutures are generally sufficient for stretching skin on the trunk for wound closure. And theoretically, these incisions could be used if necessary after presutures or adjustable horizontal mattress sutures have been placed.
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Editors’ Note: This technique was demonstrated on a canine specimen obtained from a specimen supply company.
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