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15 Head 10 Dental&Equipment Neck Surgery & Instrumentation www.vetinst.com Upper Airway Surgery in the Dog and Cat Alasdair Hotston Moore MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS CertMEd MRCVS - Bath Veterinary Referrals Fig 2: Bulldog during palatoplasty. Attention to patient positioning makes the surgery more straightforward. Provision of an aseptic field is not generally practical for this type of surgery. The surgeon is using the Lane palate forceps (although obtaining photographs of the way in which these are placed is almost impossible: line drawings are found in UK Vet Companion Animal volume 14 issue 8). Surgery of the upper airway is both a rewarding and challenging part of the portfolio of the soft tissue surgeon. These surgeries have the potential to transform the lifestyle of the patient, but can also cause life threatening complications. For them to be performed with a good chance of success, four factors should be available within the clinic: an experienced and trained surgeon, a well equipped operating theatre, post operative nursing care and the correct instrumentation. Absence of any of these will jeopardise the outcome of the surgery. Particular theatre requirements are excellent illumination (with ceiling lights and a surgical headlamp), positioning aids and surgical suction (a Frazier tip has wide application in ENT and oral surgery). Reflecting on the sur