Dr. Steve Mehler to speak at Keystone Veterinary Conference August 14-17, 2014

steve-mehlerStephen Mehler, DVM, DACVS
Staff Surgeon, Hope Veterinary Specialists, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Dr. Steve Mehler received his DVM from Michigan State University. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery and a small animal surgery residency at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Following his residency, he joined the surgical faculty at Michigan State University and helped run the Interventional Radiology Service. Dr. Mehler served as Chief Medical Officer of Infiniti Medical and currently is a staff surgeon at Hope Veterinary Specialists and Chief Medical Officer of Jazz Medical. Dr. Mehler has published in many peer reviewed journals and textbooks on surgical diseases of cats and dogs as well as exotic species. His research and clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery and interventional radiology, and surgical diseases of the extrahepatic biliary tract in dogs and cats.

Acute Traumatic Wounds: Combining Ancient Techniques with Modern Therapies

This lecture will cover the etiologies of acute traumatic wounds and the principles of open wound management. Case examples will be presented to demonstrate the latest in wound dressings and current recommendations for daily management.

Wound Reconstruction: Flaps, Grafts, Tips and Tricks
This lecture will pick up where open wound management left off and discuss the principles of getting even the most challenging wounds closed. The lecture will cover tension relieving techniques, simple local flaps, axial pattern flaps, and free grafts.

Bandages, Splints, Slings, and Casts
This lecture is a refresher for proper placement of bandages, splints, casts, and slings. It will cover the most important aspects of external coaptation and demonstrate how to avoid bandage complications.

Hemostasis: All Bleeding Stops, Eventually
This lecture will cover the basic principles and techniques of intraoperative hemostasis. Some new and novel products will be introduced.

Gastrointestinal Emergency Surgery: The Blood and Guts of Blood and Guts
The animal with a true surgical gastrointestinal emergency requires a rapid but thorough physical examination and concurrent cardiovascular stabilization and correction of electrolyte and acid-base disturbances. Knowledge and experience with appropriate perioperative monitoring combined with a healthy suspicion for potential complications associated with gastrointestinal surgery is essential for a positive outcome. This lecture will discuss techniques used to help avoid common complications associated with gastrointestinal surgery.

Hernias: Battle of the Bulge
This lecture will cover all hernias: congenital, acquired, and iatrogenic. The main goal of the lecture is to describe the techniques to reduce and repair hernias without recurrence and without complications.