Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Wound: immobilization

Contributor(s): Larry Booth, Rachel Murray, Patrick Pollock, Vetstream Ltd

Introduction

  • Immobilization of wound may improve healing.

Uses

  • Protect wound.
  • Limit movement at wound edges.
  • Relieve tension on sutures.
  • Decrease exuberant granulation tissue formation.
  • Provide a moist environment for faster epithelialization.

Disadvantages

  • Casts may crack or loosen.
  • Pressure sores or rubs.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Articular cartilage atrophy.
  • Tendon and ligament weakness.
  • Animals in full limb casts require hospitalization.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Aftercare

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