Arthroscopy: Minimally-Invasive Treatment for Joint Pain in Dogs and Cats in Whittlesea, Victoria
We are often called upon to investigate joint pain in dogs and cats and figure out exactly what is causing the problem. Joint pain isn’t just uncomfortable for our pets; it can also greatly limit their mobility, which affects their daily life and can lead to other health problems, such as obesity. In addition to the advanced diagnostic tools we use here at The Vet Practice in Whittlesea, we are pleased to offer arthroscopy, a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that gives our doctors the ability to examine (and treat, if needed) a damaged joint.
How Arthroscopy Works
To perform the procedure, we use a very small viewing instrument called an arthroscope. This tool gives our team a visual of the inside of your pet’s joint, providing us with an enlarged image projected onto a monitor.
Instead of making a large incision in the traditional fashion, we make two small incisions, one for inserting the arthroscope and the other for any delicate instruments we may need to use for treatment.
Why is Arthroscopy Better than Traditional Surgery?
Treating elbow and hip issues in dogs and cats does not always have to rely on traditional surgery, which requires a large incision and results in a longer recovery time for your pet. Some of the most notable benefits of arthroscopy include:
- A much better visualisation of the affected joint and the areas surrounding it
- Far less post-op pain for your pet, and a faster recovery
- Less tissue trauma, and less scar tissue post-op
- Less hospitalisation for your pet, meaning they can return home sooner
What Can be Treated with this Procedure?
Our skilled doctors can treat a variety of joint issues in dogs and cats, be they due to a sports injury, repetitive wear and tear, or congenital defect. We often use arthroscopy for:
- Treating knee injuries
- Confirming ligament and tendon tears that can’t be seen with X-ray
- Removing OCD lesions from the elbow, hock, shoulder or knee
- Assessing the hip and elbow joints
- Treating fragmentation of the coronoid process (FCP) in the elbow