Arthroscopic Surgery for Animals - Lake Geneva WI

Arthroscopic surgery replaces traditional large incisions with small ones just large enough for a small camera and small tools to enter the joint. Lake Geneva Animal Hospital is one of the few facilities to offer this service. Problems such as OCD (cartilage flaps) of the shoulder, Fragmented Coronoid Processes (FCP’s) of the elbow, and diagnosis of cruciate disease of the knee are all candidates for arthroscopic surgery. The camera provide better lighting and magnification in these very small, tight joints eliminating the traditional large incisions and joint damage of older procedures. Most animals go home the same day with very little aftercare and much less pain.

Most of these procedures range from $1800 to $2200.

Fragmented Coronoid Processes

Fragmented Coronoid Processes
This dog had a peice of cartilage floating free in the joint likely due to an untreated Fragmented Coronoid Process in the past. It was removed with the arthroscope.

Cruciate tears of the knee (stifle).

Cruciate tears of the knee (stifle).
Cranial Cruciate Ligament - Arthroscopy was used her to diagnose a partial tear in the Cruciate ligament prior to fixation. Here the ligament is only partially torn as evident by the white, wispy fragments seen above the intact, glistening ligament. Due to persistent lameness, this dog went on to have a TTA done to fix the problem.

OCD (Cartilage Flap) of the shoulder

OCD (Cartilage Flap) of the shoulder
Shoulder OCD - Arthroscopy was used to remove the cartilage flap assosciated with OCD. Here a grasper is being used to remove the loose cartilage. This dog had two incisions; the first was a quarter inch for the camera, the second was about a half inch for removal of the flap.