Author: Alexandra Howell. RVN, Grad DipVN, City & Guilds CertVNES

Alex works in the surgery ward department of the Royal Veterinary College, dealing with ophthalmology, orthopaedic soft tissue and neurological cases. As well as being an RVN, she has a certificate in nursing exotic species and has just sat her final exams for the graduate diploma in veterinary nursing.

Abstract: Patients recovering from spinal surgery can often require a lengthy nursing period, but the process can be extremely rewarding. Each spinal patient will present with different clinical signs, depending on the location of their spinal cord problem, and will therefore need a tailored nursing care plan. The recovery care of patients post hemilaminectomy surgery should include wound management, pain control and nutrition. Consideration should also be given to rehabilitation modalities, to ensure the patient can recover as close to normal function as possible. This patientcare review will evaluate the nursing of a 5-year-old miniature dachshund after hemilaminectomy surgery.
Keywords hemilaminectomy surgery, miniature dachshund, nursing care, intervertebral disc disease

DOI: 10.56496/KFFY5458

To reference this article: Hemilaminectomy post-operative care. Howell, A. (2022) VNJ 37(5) pp 26-29

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