Veterinary Traumatology: Infected Stitches in Animals

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The Professional master’s degree Veterinary Surgery in Small Animals of TECH trains professionals to treat their patients’ wounds if they become infected after the surgical process.

The success of a surgical procedure is related to its recovery and proper wound management which usually heal in 10-14 days. However, sometimes there is an infection of the stitches, which prevents proper healing, the causes of infection can be diverse, although in most cases are related to poor surgical technique or poor management of the wound in the postoperative period. For that reason, the Professional master’s degree Veterinary Surgery in Small Animals guides experts on how to deal with this situation properly.

Considering the above, the causes that can lead to suture infection range from poor surgical practice to poor wound care after surgery such as poor aseptic conditions, existence of dead spaces, use of inadequate suture materials, lack of antibiotic prophylaxis and inadequate dressings. There are some points to check if the suture of the animal is infected and can be found by the following symptoms:

  • Redness and swelling around the wound.
  • Fever or warmth around the wound.
  • Pain to the touch.
  • Inflammation of the regional lymph nodes.
  • Abnormal discharge: after surgery, it is normal to have a light, fluid, clear discharge. However, when this discharge becomes purulent or bloody, it is synonymous with infection.
  • Unpleasant odor.
  • Delayed healing: infection prevents proper healing of tissues, so infected surgical wounds take longer than usual to heal.
  • Wound dehiscence: with the infection, there is a failure of the suture and the wound opens.

After identifying these symptoms, it is necessary to go to the veterinary expert who performed the surgery, so they can assess the wound, the degree of healing, and the functionality of the suture, depending on this they can figure out the best treatment that can be antibiotic systemic or surgical to clean the wound in depth and remove dead and infected tissue.

Professional master’s degree Veterinary Surgery in Small Animals

TECH Technological University designed this program due to the need to keep updated knowledge of the performance of different surgical techniques and to minimize surgical and postoperative complications during the treatment of small animals. In addition, veterinarians must be constantly updated in this field to ensure a correct diagnosis and supply a comprehensive and quality service to their patients.

One of the greatest advantages offered by this master’s degree is the possibility to learn about all the current approaches to the challenges faced in this profession and to develop social commitment. In addition, students will have 100% online access to theoretical classes, case studies, graphic and schematic content, the latest updates in veterinary surgery and much more.

For that reason, the structure content has been created by leading professionals in this field and the topics are related to surgical oncology, basic principles, cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors, basic principles of soft tissue surgery, medical-surgical techniques, exploratory laparotomy, liver and biliary system surgery, endocrine diseases, treatment of wounds and reconstructive surgery, healing, head and neck surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, diagnostic methods, among others.

Re-Learning method

The professional master’s degree Veterinary Surgery in Small Animals of TECH are developed entirely online. During the 12 months of training, the student has access to the program’s contents at any time and from any device, allowing them to self-manage the study time with maximum flexibility and adapt to each student’s schedule.

It has its own learning method, ‘Re-Learning’, based on asynchrony and self-management. The contents are presented in an attractive and dynamic way in multimedia capsules that include audio, videos, images, diagrams, and conceptual maps to corroborate knowledge.

TECH Technological University

TECH Technological University, the world’s largest university, is also the official online university of the NBA (National Basketball Association) in Latin America. It belongs to the TECH educational group, a Spanish-owned multinational recognized by the Financial Times as one of the 200 fastest-growing companies in Europe. The company, founded and directed by Manuel Sánchez-Cascado de Fuentes, has also been considered the most highly valued Spanish technology company in the last 15 years.

Thanks to its fully digital learning system, it supplies training to students from anywhere in the world. An international trajectory has allowed it to become a benchmark in distance learning, with a catalogue of over 10,000 programs, over 100,000 new students each year, and 500,000 graduates from over 150 countries.

Specialized highly qualified postgraduate programs, they offer their students the best training programs at an international level, being leaders in employability with 99% of their students working in the first twelve months, according to data from the consulting firm KPMG.