Selecting Suture Patterns in Veterinary Clinical Scenarios

Daniel Whu, DVM candidate, University of Florida

W. Alex Fox-Alvarez, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, Community Care Veterinary Specialists, Gainesville, Florida

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Simple interrupted and simple continuous suture patterns allow precise realignment of tissue layers during closure and are therefore most commonly used in general surgery. These appositional patterns may not be ideal in all surgical scenarios, however, and it is important to recognize when an alternative suture pattern may maximize positive patient outcomes.