This involves the examination of joints using a tiny rigid endoscope (typically 2.4mm in diameter) attached to a digital endoscopy camera and video screen. The endoscope is introduced into the joint through one or two tiny incision that is often less than 5mm in length. During surgery the joint is inflated with sterile fluid at a constant pressure. This allows us to examine the joint contents in great detail.
Arthroscopic view of a dogs elbow joint. This dog has widespread cartilage erosions on the humerus and ulna joint surfaces.
Often it is possible to perform arthroscopic surgery to treat certain conditions such as osteochondrosis or elbow dysplasia during the same procedure.
Arthroscopic treatment is minimally invasive and can reduce the degree of postoperative pain associated with surgery. The equipment we use is produced by companies including Arthrex, Stryker and Karl Storz, all of whom provide top quality surgery equipment for the human field.