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Old December 18th, 2007, 06:10 PM
Longblades Longblades is offline
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We had a similar problem with a smallish lump on our girl's elbow. The first surgery was successful but the lump came back, some years later, and we had your problem. The opening was certainly bigger than a nickle, more like a big loonie. Our Vet apologised profusely and said they had made a mistake by using a laser cutting tool. The skin in the area was already stretched a bit from the first surgery and the laser tool slightly cauterizes the edges of the opening. The two things together were the reason, we were told, the skin edges did not adhere. Along with the fact it is practically impossible for a dog to keep absolutely still and not move an elbow. Our Vet performed yet another surgery, cutting the edges of the skin back even further but using a scapel this time and then the edges did heal together.
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