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ONE of the most remarkable areas of advance in medical science over the past two or three decades has been the development of methodologies for surgical and diagnostic procedures that are markedly less invasive. Minimally invasive methods have become commonplace in many areas of human medical practice, particularly in soft tissue and neurosurgery (Pfluke and others 2010, Gandhi and Anderson 2012). In some areas of particularly delicate surgery, such as in paediatric and reconstructive surgery, robotic augmentation of minimally invasive techniques is being used to facilitate surgeons' learning of technically demanding procedures (Tomaszewski and others 2012). Although similar efforts to develop less invasive methods in orthopaedic surgery have yet to become as successful as those in soft tissue (eg, Smith and others 2010), past progress in soft tissue surgery would make it surprising if this goal was not eventually achieved. Overall, the benefits of making surgical interventions less invasive appear to be: reduced patient morbidity, shortened durations of hospitalisation, reduced wound contamination and breakdown, and shorter patient recovery periods (Robinson and others 2011).
Research summarised in this issue
Laparoscopic ovariectomy in dogs using a single-port multiple-access device, p 69
Performing laparoscopic ovariectomy with multiple instruments through one hole and without a transfixing suture
Dose-response investigation of oral ketoprofen in pigs challenged with Escherichia coli endotoxin, p 70
Determining the appropriate oral dose to treat endotoxaemia in pigs
‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haemolamae’ infection in an English alpaca herd, p 71
History, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, outcome and a cross-sectional study of an infected alpaca herd
Frequency of the mutant MDR1 allele in dogs in the UK, p 72
Prevalence of a mutation, which may lead to adverse drug reactions, assessed in 40 …
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