SKIN DEFECTS RECONSTRUCTION METHODS COMPARATIVE EVALUATION IN THE DOGS ELBOW JOINT AREA
The report considers various soft tissue defect reconstruction methods in the dog elbow joint area. 28 animals were surgically intervened; therefrom, the olecranon hygroma excision was performed in 26 cases, the soft tissue foreign lesion was excised in the elbow point area in 1 case as well as the primary surgical treatment of a large wound of soft tissues involving the elbow joint area skin was performed in 1 case. 4 animal groups were isolated which underwent the surgical wound sealing using the following methods: basic wound suturing (n = 5); plastic reconstruction by a rotary skin flap (n = 13); plastic with a rotary full-thickness flap of the breast tissue (n = 4); plastic reconstruction with a rotary full-thickness musculocutaneous flap m. latissimus dorsi (n = 6). The complications in the early postsurgery period in each animal group were represented by the skin flap necrosis as well as the sutures lack. There were no statistically significant differences in the number of complications in the early and late postsurgery period as well as the number of the olecranon hygroma relapses.