Imaging & Soft Tissue Surgery
Day 1 - Imaging
This module will allow you to have a deeper understanding of the part imaging plays in a busy surgical setting. The ability to confidently acquire diagnostic radiographs, triage patients using ultrasound and identify those patients who would benefit from advanced imaging will be of great benefit to you.
Day 2 - Soft tissue surgery
By the end of this module you will be able to prepare confidently for a wide variety of soft tissue procedures through your understanding of the underlying conditions and risks associated with the procedure. There will be a practical session in this module giving you the chance to perfect your suturing, knotting and hand-tying skills.
Day 1 -
Key Learning Objectives:
- Explain the different radiographic techniques available, their pros and cons and uses in specific situations.
- Revise contrast studies, becoming familiar with their use and the specific equipment required to perform them.
- Demonstrate correct positioning of a patient for specific pre and post-surgical assessment views
- Improve your basic film reading, identifying radiographic artefacts and faults.
- Explain ultrasonography techniques including AFAST™ and TFAST™ and how these techniques benefit surgical cases when diagnosing and monitoring for complications
- Identify specific equipment and materials required for ultrasound-guided procedures.
- Describe the use of echocardiography in the surgical patient, both pre-operatively and as part of a diagnostic work up.
- Develop your knowledge of the equipment and materials required for interventional radiography.
- Review advanced imaging (CT/MRI and Scintigraphy) and their uses in diagnosis, pre and post-surgical assessment of the surgical patient.
Day 2 -
Key Learning Objectives:
- Explain the principles of surgical technique in order to achieve a good surgical outcome.
- Review the variables affecting the choice of suture material
- Revise the main pathways of haemostasis and discuss the options for controlling haemorrhage at surgery
- Demonstrate a good knowledge of appropriate surgical instrumentation for a variety of soft tissue surgical procedures through familiarity with nomenclature and instrument handling.
- Understand the pathophysiology of GDV and the steps necessary to optimise outcomes and minimise morbidity/mortality
- Describe the pathophysiology of a variety of surgical conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, options for treatment and complications associated with it, including peritonitis
- Be familiar with surgery of the head and neck including Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, Maxillectomy/Mandibulectomy, TECA-LBO and ophthalmic surgery
- Understand the pathophysiology of pyometra and discuss options for treatment
- Demonstrate the correct handling, maintenance and storage of endoscopic surgical equipment for laparoscopy / thoracoscopy
- Includes a practical suturing session.
Comprehensive course notes, lunch and refreshments on each day.