Today's Veterinary Practice

JUL-AUG 2014

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July/August 2014 Today's Veterinary Practice 45 PRACTICAL TECHNIQUES | FELINE PERINEAL URETHRoSToMy: VENTRAL APPRoACH tvpjournal.com 4 The penis is now reflected cranially, allow- ing the surgeon to work on its dorsal aspect (A). Identify the thin retractor penis muscle on the dorsal midline directly overlying the urethra (B). Carefully isolate it, and use a combination of blunt and sharp dissection with Metzenbaum or Stevens tenotomy scissors to free and transect its attach- ment to the penis (C). 3 With the penis pulled caudally, dissect the ventral connective tissue to isolate the paired ischiocavernosus muscles (A, asterisks), which attach the penis to the pelvis (see Surgical Insight: Ischiocavernosus Muscles ). Transect these muscles at their attachment to the ischium (B, dotted line); then sharply and bluntly dissect the ventral penile ligament until the penis can be freely retracted caudally from any ventrolateral pelvic attachments (C). SURGICAL INSIGHT: ISCHIOCAVERNOSUS MUSCLES » Sharp transection of the is- chiocavernosus muscles close to their ischial attach- ment limits hemorrhage from the body of the muscle. » Ventral dissection is consid- ered sufficient when the sur- geon can place a finger be- tween the penis and ischium within the pelvic canal. Pal- pate the space between the penis and ischium to con- firm sufficient ventral dis- section (A and B). A B 3A 3B 3C 4A 4B 4C Cranial Caudal Cranial Caudal Cranial Caudal Collaboration on Continuing Education Turn to page 6 to read this issue's Editor's Note in which Editor in Chief, Dr. Lesley King, and NAVC Con- ference Coordinator, Dr. David Senior, provide more de- tails about this collaborative column and how it meets the goals of both Today's Veterinary Practice and the North American Veterinary Community with regard to providing the highest quality continuing education for veterinary professionals.

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