Introduction to Arthroscopy
Course Dates: 2/21/2020 – 2/22/2020 | Each day the course begins at 8:00a ends at 5:00p
Skill Level: General
This course in small animal arthroscopy is an introduction to the safe use of arthroscopy equipment and basic diagnostic and treatment of joint disease. Arthroscopy is the gold standard method of joint examination for many common canine joint diseases including elbow dysplasia, cruciate ligament disease and meniscal injury. Arthroscopy and arthroscopic-assisted surgery will greatly improve treatment options to veterinarians with interest in orthopedic surgery.
The course will allow for ample hands-on opportunity to learn how to use that equipment safely, and how to gain access to the elbow, shoulder and stifle joint to allow for basic diagnostic evaluation and possible treatment. Following lecture, the participants will have the opportunity to practice in the laboratory using arthroscopic equipment. Specific focus will be on the necessary instrumentation, the indications for arthroscopy and patient preparation, and the creation of scope and instrument portals for elbow, shoulder and stifle joints. In addition, completing a procedure by performing an arthroscopic-assisted arthrotomy will be covered.
Who Should Attend
This course is appropriate for specialists, residents, interns and small animal practitioners with interest in orthopedic surgery. Delegates should have a thorough understanding of the common causes of small animal orthopedic disease commonly diagnosed and treated with arthroscopy, including elbow dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament disease and shoulder osteochondrosis.