Friday, December 23, 2011

Veterinary Highlights: Groundbreaking Study In Veterinary Surgery

Study by Dr. D. Verwilghen, DVM and team

Randomized trial to assess skin disruption scores and cosmetic appearance of stuffed turkeys comparing five different closure methods.

The study involved fifteen bio-label turkeys and evaluated 5 different closure methods:
  • Lembert pattern
  • Cushing pattern
  • Utrecht pattern
  • Simple continuous
  • Skin staples

christmas turkey


Results: Before cooking, both the Utrecht pattern and skin staples yielded comparative results superior to the remaining methods.

After cooking and removal of the suture or surgical staples, the  surgical staple group yielded best results. All other suture patterns disrupted the skin after removal of the sutures.

Caution: Staples are not digestible! Keep record of the number of staples used and removed.

Original article: Worms and Germs blog:
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Download the full study paper at Veterinary Record 2011
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