Case Studies: Orthopaedic Surgery – Elbow surgery & arthroscopy

Arthroscopy to debride cartilage lesions

Arthroscopy involves inserting a lens inside a joint through a small stab incision. This relays images to a video screen. Matteo does our arthroscopy cases. He sees inside plenty of elbows and a good number of shoulders. Arthroscopy allows a systematic exploration of the joint, with the advantages of magnification for diagnostic purposes. Much of...

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Un-united anconeal process removal

Floki, an 11 month old Cane Corso, presented with right forelimb lameness and an un-united anconeal process. The left elbow anconeal process was united as normal. This large free mass of bone, loose in the elbow joint, was removed through a modest incision. Although the loss of this “keel” of bone does remove one of...

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Arthroscopy, humeral intercondylar fissure (incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle), typically in Spaniels

Arthroscopy is an alternative to CT scan for diagnosing humeral intercondylar fissure (incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle), typically seen in Spaniels. This is a line of weakness in the lower end of the humeral condyle that can propagate into a fracture (see separate articles on condylar fracture and Y fracture, in the case study...

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Arthroscopy, general

We’ve done arthroscopy for some time at WMRs, but in early 2016 we revamped and upgraded our kit. We now have 2.4mm and 1.9mm Storz arthroscopes and we are seeing a good number of elbows and shoulders for arthroscopic diagnosis and treatment. Maciej leads these procedures. Cases to be considered for arthroscopy are first seen by...

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Arthroscopy for medial coronoid disease

Placement of a “camera” into joints – most commonly the elbow or the shoulder – allows for inspection with magnification and for some procedures to be done in a minimally invasive way without a full open surgical procedure. We see a lot of Labradors and Retrievers for scoping with medial coronoid disease. The medial coronoid process...

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