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Articles by Steven F. Swaim, DVM, MS

Paw pad pain: A review of corns in dogs

In this overview, experts make the case that these painful lesions are likely caused by repetitive mechanical trauma and recommend a treatment and prevention plan.
Feb 1, 2014

An overview of the clinical signs, potential causes, and treatment options available for corn-type lesions on canine paw pads.

Skills Laboratory: Pinch/punch grafts

When surrounding tissue can't cover a defect, consider using these grafts for wound closure. Pockets created in the wound provide an ideal environment for graft healing. And, as shown here, the procedure is simple, and no special instruments are needed.
Jul 8, 2013

When surrounding tissue can't cover a defect, consider using these grafts for wound closure.

Video: Pinch/punch grafts

Jul 7, 2013

Dr. Steven F. Swaim demonstrates how to perform this skin grafting technique.

Video: How to perform strip skin grafts, Part 2

Jan 9, 2013

The continuation of Dr. Steven Swaim's video on this helpful wound repair technique.

Video: How to perform strip skin grafts, Part 1

Jan 9, 2013

Dr. Steven Swaim demonstrates the best technique for creating these grafts to help close wounds in which local tissue is not available for closure.

Skills Laboratory: Wound repair techniques—Strip skin grafts

Although not a technique you may be accustomed to performing, strip skin grafting is a simple way to repair wounds in which local tissue is not available for closure—and should be part of your wound repair arsenal. Follow this step-by-step guide to harvest and place these grafts.
Jan 8, 2013

A step-by-step guide to this simple way to repair wounds in which local tissue is not available for closure.

Just Ask the Expert: Am I using skin staples for wound closure correctly?

Oct 1, 2010

The primary advantage staples provide over sutures is rapid closure.

Video: How to make a rotation skin flap

May 5, 2010

Dr. Steven F. Swaim demonstrates this skin reconstruction technique that is useful in closing triangular skin defects in which skin for closure is only available on one side of the defect.

Skills Laboratory: Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 6: Rotation skin flaps

Consider using this surgical technique when there is available skin for wound closure only on one side of a defect.
May 1, 2010

Rotation skin flaps are circle-shaped flaps that are useful in closing triangular skin defects in which skin for closure is only available on one side of the defect.

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