Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Wound: immobilization

Contributor(s): Larry Booth, Rachel Murray, David Scarff

Introduction

  • Immobilization of wounds improves 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

  • Cast may crack or loosen through disuse muscle atrophy.
  • Pressure sores or rubs.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Articular cartilage atrophy.
  • Tendon and ligament weakness.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Manual of Canine and Feline Wound Management and Reconstruction. (1999) Fowler D & Williams J M (eds), BSAVA, Cheltenham.
  • Small Animal Wound Management. (2nd edn) (1997) Swaim S F & Henderson R A, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore.


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