Interview with Dr. Jeremiah Moorer
The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences offers minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.
Arthroscopic surgery refers to surgery of the joints, such as the shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee, and uses tiny cameras placed into the joint through very small incisions. This eliminates the need for large incisions, allowing the surgeon to see the structures of the joint in great detail, and operate with much less injury to surrounding tissue.
Arthroscopic surgery is available for most species of animals from dogs and cats, to horses and livestock. It can be performed on almost any joint if needed. Typically only 2-3 small incisions are needed to “scope” or access the joint.
Just like in people, minimally invasive surgery means less pain post operatively and faster recovery time. Consult with your veterinarian to understand the advantages and disadvantages of arthroscopic surgery, and determine if it is right for your pet.