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Arthroscopy can be an extremely challenging procedure to learn. Therefore, we at VOSM are among the few who can successfully use arthroscopy to both diagnose and treat conditions in small animals. There are no limits on size, joint, age, or species when performing arthroscopies.


Dr. Canapp received extensive training in arthroscopy during his residency at the University of Florida and is currently performing arthroscopic procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the shoulder, elbow, stifle, and hock.


Arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder include:
- Genetic cartilage defects (Osteochondritis dissecans or OCD)

- Biceps injury (Bicipital tenosynovitis)

- Shoulder fractures

- Joint laxiety (glenoid humeral ligament tears)


Arthroscopic procedures of the elbow include: 
- Genetic cartilage defects (Osteochondrosis Dissecans or OCD)

- Fragmented medial coronoid process

- An ununited anconeal process

- Debridement of chronic osteoarthritic changes


Arthroscopy of the knee (stifle) include:  
- Genetic cartilage defects (Osteochondrosis Dissecans)

- Diagnosing partial cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) ruptures

- Debriding meniscal tears

- Ruptured cruciate ligament remnants prior to an extracapsular stabilization

- The tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)


Arthroscopy of the hock is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of OCD.


Pets are typically hospitalized for one day following surgery. Post-op care includes physical therapy, treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for two (2) weeks and joint protective agents, such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, for life.

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