General Soft Tissue Surgery Online Course

GENERAL SOFT
TISSUE SURGERY
ONLINE COURSE

Instructor: Dr. John Berg, DVM, MS, DACVS

Detailed videos and descriptions of procedures for the veterinarian in general veterinary practice. Eliminate indecision with Dr. Berg’s advice designed to help you conquer these procedures with confidence. Organized for Quick Review Prior to Any Procedure
24/7 Lifetime Access

RACE accredited 8 hours CE



WATCH A SHORT PREVIEW OF DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF THIS COURSE

Let Dr. Berg help you eliminate the stress with your veterinary surgery cases by providing a blueprint for success. Feel at ease with each and every procedure by incorporating the lessons, tips and tricks learned in this course.

Please Click on The Check Mark for all of The topics
under each Course Segment

Cervical abscesses: Exploration and closed suction drainage

  • Cause of cervical abscesses
  • Rule outs and workup for dogs with cervical swelling
  • Passive vs active (closed suction) drains
  • Chinese finger trap stitch for securing drains
  • Aftercare and prognosis

Perineal hernia repair

  • Causes, signs and diagnosis of perineal hernias in dogs
  • Mangement of urethral obstruction associated with perineal hernia
  • Anatomy relevant to internal muscle transposition
  • Management of bilateral hernias
  • Complications of surgery
  • Management of recurrent hernias
  • Perineal hernias in cats: causes, signs and repair

Forelimb amputation

  • Indications for forelimb amputation
  • Behavior of osteosarcoma
  • Talking to owners about amputation and osteosarcoma
  • Contraindications to amputation
  • Delayed bleeding in greyhounds following surgery
  • Pain management in dogs undergoing amputation
  • Postoperative care
  • Response of osteosarcoma to chemotherapy

Hindlimb amputation

  • Indications for hindlimb amputation
  • Behavior of osteosarcoma
  • Talking to owners about amputation and osteosarcoma
  • Contraindications to amputation
  • Delayed bleeding in greyhounds following surgery
  • Pain management in dogs undergoing amputation
  • Postoperative care
  • Response of osteosarcoma to chemotherapy

Tail amputation

  • Indications for tail amputation
  • Tail amputation and prognosis in screw tailed English bulldogs

Diaphragmatic hernia repair

  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical signs
  • Radiography, ultrasound and other imaging techniques
  • Timing of surgery
  • Chronic traumatic diaphragmatic hernias
  • Anesthetic considerations, re expansion pulmonary edema
  • Aftercare and prognosis

Wound soaker catheter

  • Advantages of wound soaker catheters
  • Catheter options
  • Principles of catheter placement
  • Dosing of local anesthetics
  • Aftercare

Basic surgical skills

  • Holding thumb forceps and needle holders
  • Instrument square knot, instrument surgeon’s knot
  • Simple interrupted skin sutures
  • Cruciate skin sutures
  • Simple continuous pattern
  • Simple continuous closure of subcutaneous tissue
  • Two hand square knot
  • Two hand surgeon’s knot

Prepping yourself and the patient for surgery

  • Putting on a cap and mask
  • Scrubbing in
  • Putting on a gown and gloves
  • Preparation of the patient

Digit amputation (and other techniques for managing tumors of the feet)

  • Indications for toe amputation
  • Subungual squamous cell carcinoma in dogs
  • Melanoma of the digit in dogs
  • Digital metastases of primary lung tumors in cats
  • Radiographic appearance of digital malignancies
  • Aftercare and prognosis
  • Digital pad transfer for metacarpal or metatarsal pad defects
  • Partial foot amputation (amputation of 2 toes)

Mass excision: Soft tissue sarcomas and mast cell tumors

  • Principles of tumor excision
  • Selection of patients that need CT/MRI
  • Definition of wide margins
  • Margin classification scheme
  • Orienting incisions with lines of tension
  • Managing wounds using second intention healing
  • Submitting excised tumors for histopathology
  • Interpretation of histologic margin analysis results
  • Options when margins are histologically incomplete
  • STS and MCT local recurrence rates
  • Influence of histologic grade on outcome for STSs and MCTs

Getting sick cats through surgery

  • Assessing blood loss during surgery
  • Prevention of hypothermia
  • Measurement of blood pressure
  • Identifying hypotension
  • Treating hypotension
  • Transfusing cats
  • Tracheal tears resulting from endotracheal intubation
  • Brain damage resulting from mouth gags (mouth speculums)
  • Anatomic differences between dogs and cats

Organ torsions

  • Torsion vs volvulus
  • Mesenteric volvulus
  • How much intestine can I safely resect?
  • Colonic displacement
  • Splenic torsion
  • Liver lobe torsion
  • Lung lobe torsion

Management of septic abdomen

  • Causes of septic abdomen
  • Clinical signs
  • Abdominal fluid analysis
  • Selection of initial antibiotics
  • Surgical treatment and drainage options
  • Prognosis

Salivary mucoceles

  • Causes
  • Clinical presentation
  • Rule outs
  • Cytology, ultrasound
  • Surgical anatomy
  • Aftercare and prognosis

Parathyroidectomy

  • Normal calcium regulation
  • Overview of hyperparathyroidism
  • Rule outs for hypercalcemia
  • Signs of hyperparathyroidism
  • Interpretation of PTH/PTHrP
  • Neck ultrasound
  • Surgical anatomy
  • Prevention/management of postop hypocalcemia


Instructor: Dr. John Berg, DVM, MS, DACVS

Detailed videos and descriptions of procedures for the veterinarian in general veterinary practice. Eliminate indecision with Dr. Berg’s advice designed to help you conquer these procedures with confidence. Organized for Quick Review Prior to Any Procedure
24/7 Lifetime Access

RACE accredited 8 hours CE

  • Tired of trying to review for surgery procedures from a textbook?
  • Unsure of the current recommendations on surgical procedures?
  • Do you feel anxious and a bit unprepared prior to a surgical procedure?

Eliminate any worry and indecision with Dr. Berg’s detailed videos designed to help you conquer veterinary surgical procedures with confidence.


DR.BERG’S BIO

Dr. Berg is a 1981 graduate of Colorado State University. He completed a rotating internship at Cornell University in 1982 before returning to Colorado State for his surgery residency. Following his residency, he spent a year in referral practice at South Shore Veterinary Associates, south of Boston, and joined the faculty of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.

He teaches and practices small animal soft tissue surgery and has a special interest in surgical oncology. During his time at Tufts, he has twice received the Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as several other teaching awards.

He is the author of numerous original articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in soft tissue surgery and surgical oncology. Dr. Berg served as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts from 1998 until 2011. He is an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology and an honorary member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology

Although we have never needed to do this,
If for any reason this course does not provide the value that
you expect within 30 days, let us know and we will refund
your entire registration fee.

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