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How to perform an exploratory celiotomy in dogs?

Several indications for performing a celiotomy do exist. On the one hand, many female animals undergo celiotomy during the process of spaying; on the other hand, intestinal foreign bodies are quite common.

In the majority of cases, abdominal organs are approached through a ventral midline celiotomy. Midline incision through the linea alba allows inspection of all abdominal organs and avoids trauma to the abdominal muscles by incising only fascia.

In the current video a step-by-step approach is used to document correct opening and closing of the abdominal cavity in the dog. Several complications that are frequently noticed after celiotomy can be avoided by a good surgical technique, the appropriate type and size of suture material, and knowledge of the anatomy of the abdominal wall. Furthermore, there will be a focus on how to perform a complete exploration of the abdomen. Special attention is paid to surgically important details relating to the gastro-intestinal and urinary tracts


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Hilde de Rooster

Hilde de Rooster graduated as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, in 1993. She subsequently travelled to Scotland, where she obtained a Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine at Glasgow University the following year. After her return to Belgium, she was working for 8 years in a small animal veterinary clinic near Antwerp. Meanwhile, she prepared a PhD degree, which was defended in 2001. Since 2003, Hilde deals with referral cases in the small animals veterinary hospital of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She successfully passed the European Board Examination in 2008, and thus became Diplomate in Small Animal Surgery (Dipl ECVS). Her major responsibility is training of veterinary students in the final years of their study, both theoretically and practically, and supervising interns and residents in soft tissue surgery. Additionally, she is promoter of several surgery-related PhDs.

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