Dogs and cats often develop a variety of problems with their joints, ranging from ligament damage & cartilage injury through to joint infections. Many of these conditions will result in arthritis (inflammation) of the joint affected.
In the past we were limited to examining joints by x-rays or to simply examining the joint during surgery by ‘opening up’ the joint. These days there are more advanced methods of examining joints that result in reduced pain for our pets & enhanced diagnostics. We have offered keyhole examination of joints (arthroscopy) for some time – a service not offered by many other Practices in the UK.
However, keyhole surgery is not only confined to the examination and treatment of joints. The technique involves inserted a very small camera into the area of the body we want to examine and we regularly examine ears, noses, the gastro-intestinal tract and the urogenital tract. In the future we hope to offer minimally invasive surgery of the chest (thoracoscopy) and abdomen (laparoscopy), including being able to spey bitches using this minimally invasive technique.
We have included a selection of videos below as examples of some of the procedures we have performed – with a camera just 2.7mm in diameter.