This is a discussion of the importance of proper needle and suture selection with the goal of minimizing post-surgical complications. Proper tissue management and the phases of wound healing are covered and how selecting the right suture material will aid healing. The correct use of both taper and cutting needles is also a vital consideration when seeking optimal outcome.
- Understand the importance of using the correct suture type based on tissue type and patient co-morbidities
- Know when and where to use taper and reverse cutting needles
- Reinforce correct tissue management techniques and average wound healing times
- Sutures are a surgical implant, a foreign body that are major contributors to complications
- Wound complications frequently result from poor suture selection
- Veterinarians receive little or no training on the various types of suture materials leading to uninformed choices
- Antibacterial sutures can assist in reducing infrequent but potentially hazardous infections at the suture site
- Efficiency in the operating room is key to reducing costs and minimizing complications
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