About This Webinar
There are several ways one can approach a large, full-thickness skin defect. In addition to size, other factors such as etiology, anatomic location, bacterial load, chronicity, and the condition of the periwound skin need to be assessed. When a wound cannot be closed securely by direct apposition or utilizing a tension-relieving technique, then a skin flap can be considered. This lecture will present a decision-making algorithm to decide on the optimal closure method, and introduce the practitioner to basic, safe flap development for a variety of flaps. Wound bed preparation and post-operative monitoring will also be covered.

This live webinar is RACE-approved for 1 hour of CE credit.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of nurturing the wound and periwound skin.

  • Be able to evaluate a wound and consider several types of closure options.

  • Be aware of the main classes of skin flaps, and understand their physiology.

  • Learn how to develop several of the most common subdermal skin flaps.

  • Realize the importance of post-operative flap management.

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Bryden Stanley, BVMS, MANZCVSc, MRCVS, MVetSc, DACVS
Surgery Professor, Michigan State University
Originally a graduate of Murdoch University, Australia, Dr. Bryden J. Stanley did her surgery residency and Master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Stanley’s first faculty appointment was at the University of Edinburgh, but she has been at Michigan State University since 1999. Bryden’s clinical interests are all aspects of soft tissue surgery; her research interests are upper respiratory conditions and wound healing. Current studies include: laryngeal paralysis, the Norwich terrier and brachycephalic upper airway, NPWT, amnion, and honey-based products. She publishes frequently, has received many teaching awards and lectures widely at a national and international level.