In the below video, Dr James King Small Animal Surgeon talks about the process for Arthroscopy at VSS.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat joint problems in dogs. This procedure involves inserting a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the joint via a small incision. The camera allows the veterinarian to see the inside of the joint and identify any abnormalities or damage.
Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of joint problems in dogs, including:
Ligament tears, for example cranial cruciate ligament rupture.
Joint inflammation: Arthroscopy can be used to assess the joint for osteoarthritis.
Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD): Arthroscopy can be used to remove loose cartilage or bone fragments from the joint, which can help relieve pain and improve joint function.
Meniscal cartilage tears: Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose meniscal tears and resect the affected portion without opening the joint (arthroscopic meniscectomy).
Arthroscopy is less invasive than traditional open surgery, which can mean less pain, less scarring, and a faster recovery time for your dog.
If your dog is experiencing joint problems, especially cruciate ligament related problems, elbow dysplasia or OCD, talk to your veterinarian about the possibility of arthroscopy. With this minimally invasive procedure, your dog can enjoy a better quality of life with less pain and discomfort.