Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy back.jpgArthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is used for the evaluation and treatment of many orthopedic conditions within joints, tendon sheaths and other synovial spaces of the body.  Arthroscopic removal of chip fractures and OCD fragments in horses is accompanied by reduced trauma, fewer post-operative complications and shorter recovery periods in most cases.  Additionally, arthroscopy provides the “gold standard” for evaluating important soft tissue structures (cartilage surfaces, ligaments and menisci) within the joint and helps to provide an accurate prognosis for future athletic activity.  In the figure below an OCD fragment is visible on the medial trochlear ridge of the femur.Stifle OCD back.jpg