Panel Discussion – Regional Anaesthesia for Stifle & Distal Hindlimb Procedures in Dogs/Cats
- Chiara Adami DVM, MRCVS, PGCert. (Vet.Ed.), DACVAA, DECVAA, PhD – University of Cambridge, UK
- Luis Campoy LV CertVA, DECVAA, MRCVS – Cornell University, USA
- Flavio A. V. Freitag DVM, MSc, DVSc – Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Moderator: Matt Read DVM, MVSc, DACVAA – MedVet Columbus, USA
PANEL DISCUSSION DESCRIPTION
Surgeries of the stifle and distal pelvic limb are some of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in small animal practice. The use of regional anaesthesia has revolutionized hospital flow, case throughput and, in particular, our ability to provide perioperative analgesia and optimal care for patients undergoing these painful procedures. The list of possible techniques has grown exponentially over the last 20 years and there is often confusion over which technique to use and when to use it. Many veterinarians may find themselves asking “Which block should I perform?”, “Is one approach better than another?”, “Should I just perform an epidural?”, “Should I use nerve stimulation or can I just do the block blindly?”, or “Is it worth learning how to use ultrasound to perform my blocks?”.
Join our panel of internationally renowned anaesthesia and pain management specialists for an interactive discussion covering the ins and outs of delivering regional anaesthesia for stifle and distal hindlimb procedures. We will discuss what information experts in the field use to decide which technique to perform on a patient, how to select which drug and dose to administer, what equipment to use, the pros and cons of the various techniques that are possible (e.g., blind, nerve stimulator-guided, ultrasound-guided), and their personal preferences. Differences in decision making between when working with different species will be discussed, as will controversial aspects of the various blocks and what types of new techniques are in development and on the horizon.
Whether you are new to the idea of using regional anaesthesia for hindlimb procedures and simply want to improve your level of patient care, or are a seasoned practitioner of nerve blocks and want to refine your approach by hearing what experts are doing and how they got there, you will find this session invaluable to your professional development.
* Participants are encouraged to send in questions to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the panel discussion. There will also be the opportunity to raise questions during the discussion.