Omentum-enhanced reconstruction of chronic nonhealing wounds in cats: Techniques and clinical use

Daniel J. Brockman, Anthony D. Pardo, Michael G. Conzemius, Lori M. Cabell, Nicholas J. Trout

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The greater omentum was used to aid in the reconstruction of nonhealing wounds in five cats. In each cat the cause of the nonhealing wound could not be determined. A vascular omental pedicle was created at laparotomy by dividing the dorsal leaf of the omentum at its pancreatic attachments (four cats) or by dividing the ventral leaf at its gastric attachments (one cat). The pedicle was then passed through either the ventral or lateral body wall into the nonhealing wound via a subcutaneous tunnel. The wounds were closed over the omentum after local tissue mobilization. All the wounds healed uneventfully and have remained healed with a mean follow-up period of 2.5 years. Complications included intestinal herniation through a ventral midline exit hole (one cat), presumed abdominal fat herniation through a ventral abdominal exit hole (one cat) and seroma formation (one cat). All of the complications were treated successfully. The omentum should be considered a useful adjunct in the treatment of nonhealing wounds in cats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996


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