ANIMAL ARTHROSCOPY IN DERRY BY THE SPECIALISTS AT NOAH VET

ANIMAL ARTHROSCOPY IN DERRY BY THE SPECIALISTS AT NOAH VET

Noah Vet Provides Animal Arthroscopy For Cats, Dogs And Cater To Pet Owners Across The North West Of Ireland, Including Donegal And Tyrone.

Arthroscopy in Derry

Arthroscopy is a specialised, minimally invasive, keyhole diagnostic and treatment used frequently with humans. It is used very commonly in dogs and even cats now too.

 

Before arthroscopy became available, the investigation and surgical treatment of joint diseases or injuries was by open surgical technique. This involved complete opening up of the joint by making a surgical incision through the skin, muscles, joint capsule and synovial membrane, with closure by many stitches. It is a procedure that few vets in Derry are able to undertake, however Noah Vet is one of the few with the skills to perform it.

Diagnosis and treatment

The degree of trauma to the joint is significant with arthrotomy. Surprisingly, even with arthrotomy, the visualisation of all joint compartments is still difficult due to the tight spaces and inaccessible spaces of some joints. Because arthroscopy involves inserting a very small rigid camera (scope) with a very bright light emitting from the end. It’s easier for whole joints to be inspected than through a traditional arthrotomy procedure.

The image is enlarged and put up on a monitor to allow for closer examination. The scope is inserted through a stab incision and only takes one stitch to close up afterwards, so the surgical trauma is minimal. Some instruments can be inserted through other stab incisions to allow for surgical treatment. For example, the shaver – which is a motorised cutting tool – can be only 2 mm wide at its tip.

The degree of advancement in human arthroscopic surgery allows for practically all types of operation to be carried out. The commonest dog joints that necessitate arthroscopy include the shoulder, elbow, stifle (knee) and hip. Arthroscopy could be considered the gold standard for diagnostic procedures of the shoulder and elbow and is also used to diagnose soft tissue injuries such as biceps tenosynovitis, elbow incongruence, OCD, and other soft tissue or cartilage issues.

Derry now has arthroscopy!

Noah Vet is one of only a few vets in the North West to be able to offer arthroscopy. To book an appointment, contact our team today: