2020 ACVS Surgery Summit
Skin and Muscle Flap in the Dog
Skin and muscle flaps are the backbone of small animal reconstructive surgery. This laboratory session combines a lecture format with laboratory training on the use of skin flaps, muscle flaps, and skin stretching devices to facilitate wound closure.
This laboratory focuses on the following:
• Local skin flaps: Advancement flaps, Transposition skin flaps in various anatomic locations
• Commonly used Axial Pattern Skin Flaps (APF): Caudal superficial epigastric APF, Thoracodorsal APF, Genicular APF, Deep Circumflex Iliac APF (dorsal and ventral branch), Lateral Caudal (Tail) Axial Pattern Flaps
• Muscle Flaps: Latissimus Dorsi Muscle, External Abdominal Oblique Muscle
• Skin Stretcher Demonstration for wound closure
The following techniques are discussed and performed on the cadaver specimens provided:
• Local skin flaps (Advancement, Transposition)
• Axial Pattern Flaps (Thoracodorsal, Caudal Superficial Epigastric, Genicular, Lateral Caudal (Tail) Flap, Deep Circumflex Iliac (dorsal and ventral variations)
• Muscle Flaps (Latissimus Dorsi, External Abdominal Oblique)
• Skin Stretching Techniques
The reference for this laboratory is:
Pavletic, Michael M. Atlas of Small Animal Wound Management and Reconstructive Surgery. 4th ed. Wiley Blackwell, 2018.