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Soft tissue surgery

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Abstract

To be a successful avian surgeon the sympathetic handling of soft tissues is mandatory. Avian surgery requires exactness in view of small body size and increased metabolic rate, as any errors are magnified. This chapter evaluates equipment, planning for microsurgery, patient preparation, neoplasms, gastrointestinal and reproductive tract techniques, respiratory tract surgery and biopsy.

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14.1 Typical surgical kit for avian surgery (note inset of Harris ring-tip forceps).
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14.4 Peregrine Falcon after preen gland removal, oversewn with hydrocolloid dressing.
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14.5 Surgeon in sitting position with forearm support.
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14.6 Harris’ Hawk with significant propatagial loss following electrocution. The same patient following surgery. This bird regained normal flight 4 weeks later.
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14.7 Left lateral laparotomy. The skin incision is shown as a red line. Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (http://www.livingart.org.uk) and reproduced with her permission.
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14.8 Superficial medial femoral artery and vein.
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14.9 Bipolar cauterization of intercostal artery.
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14.10 Lone Star retractor.
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14.11 Blunt dissection of the ventral suspensory ligament of the oviduct.
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14.12 Clamping of uterine stump.
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14.13 Haemoclip application to left testis on caudomedial aspect.
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14.14 Cloaca prolapsed in a Harris’ Hawk, with the ureteral openings indicated.
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14.15 Appositional blood vessel clamps used to facilitate gastrointestinal tract anastomosis.
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14.16 End-to-end intestinal anastomosis. Rotating the clamps in opposite directions brings the edges into apposition. Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (http://www.livingart.org.uk) and reproduced with her permission.
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14.17 Side-to-side intestinal anastomosis. Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (http://www.livingart.org.uk) and reproduced with her permission.
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14.18 Electrosurgical removal of cloacal tumours. (Courtesy of Michael Lierz)
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14.19 Tracheotomy: lesion exposed prior to removal of aspergilloma.
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14.20 Liver biopsy, 1 cm left lateral of midline, 0.5 cm caudal to sternum.

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