These sessions will consist of a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques that most veterinarians can perform in their practice. Video segments of clinical case material, carefully edited to form a real-life experience, will be used as a means of delivering the surgical lectures. An advantage of this lecture style is that participants are able to see the case actually operated on during the lecture.
Intestinal anastomosis – tips to make it easier
When performing an intestinal resection and anastomosis by yourself (i.e., no assistant to help!) I have several tips that may make the procedure easier for you. I will suggest a number of alternative techniques that you can consider incorporating that may make this common procedure easier and more predictably successful. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate these techniques.Surgical management of GDV
This seminar will focus primarily on the surgical management of GDV patients. Video of clinical cases during intraoperative decision making will be presented. We will focus on the authors’ preferred method for gastric derotation and the technical aspects of performing a 15-minute incisional gastropexy. Extensive use of video of clinical cases will give participants a real-life experience.Anal sacculectomy: a novel approach
Anal sacculectomy is frequently performed in veterinary practice. It can be tricky to get all of the anal sac epithelium and preserve the external anal sphincter muscle and caudal rectal nerve. A ‘novel’ technique has been suggested that allows the surgeon full control of the perianal anatomy and thus preservation of vital structures during anal sac resection. This technique facilitates complete removal of the anal sac while encouraging protection of caudal rectal nerve fibers and external anal sphincter muscle. Video showing this technique in a clinical case will illustrate its potential usefulness in your practice.The 4 ligature splenectomy
Years ago the anatomist suggested that in order to safely remove the spleen the left gastroepiploic artery and vein must be preserved or the gastric blood supply would be severely compromised. We now know this is not true! I will suggest a way to use this new anatomical information to safely remove the spleen in a non-GDV patient using 4 (maybe 5!) ligations.Surgical management of brachycephalic syndrome
This session will discuss the management of upper airway obstruction in brachycephalic breeds. Emphasis will be placed on nasoplasty and soft palate resection. A new technique for nasal planum resection will be discussed. There is compelling evidence suggesting that not all everted laryngeal saccules need to be resected! Videotape will be used to illustrate surgical techniques.Speaker Biography – Dr Howard Seim
Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series. www.videovet.org
Four hours of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technologists.