Arthroscopy is the most advanced surgical technique for examination and treatment of joint diseases. In arthroscopy the surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a pen sized instrument (arthroscope) to work inside the joint. Arthroscopy provides better visualization and greater opportunities for treatment of joint disease while being much less invasive than traditional surgery. Many arthroscopy patients can be treated on an out-patient bases.
Dr. Kurt Schulz is a internationally recognized leader in the field of veterinary arthroscopy. He is an author of the only textbook available on small animal arthroscopy. (link to Amazon page?) and lectures and instructs arthroscopy courses nationally and internationally. He developed arthroscopy techniques and instrumentation during his 10 years as a faculty at the University of California Davis performing an average of 5 to 10 cases a week.
Diseases of dogs commonly treated with arthroscopy include:
Arthroscopic view of a normal (top) and ruptured cranial cruciate ligament.