Elbow Dysplasia and Arthroscopy in Dogs


Elbow dysplasia is a common condition in dogs that can lead to lameness, pain, and arthritis. It refers to the abnormal development of the elbow joint, typically involving multiple developmental abnormalities. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems inside the joint.

Why This Surgery?

Elbow dysplasia can cause significant discomfort and restrict your dog's mobility. Arthroscopy allows for a thorough examination of the elbow joint, offering a means to remove loose bodies, assess the degree of arthritic changes, and address lesions associated with the dysplasia. This surgery is critical for improving your dog's quality of life and potentially slowing the progression of arthritis.

Why perform surgery at Allied Veterinary Service?

  • Our surgeons are experienced in orthopedic conditions and have rigorous training in advanced minimally invasive techniques.
  • Pain Management: We use the latest anesthesia and pain management protocols to ensure your dog's comfort.
  • Personalized Care: Each dog receives individualized treatment plans and round-the-clock care post-surgery.

What Does the Surgery Involve?

The procedure involves making small incisions through which a camera and surgical instruments are inserted into the joint. This allows the surgeon to visualize the inside of the joint on a monitor and perform necessary treatments with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues.

Benefits of Surgery:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment: Arthroscopy not only diagnoses the extent of the disease but also treats it simultaneously.
  • Less Invasive: Compared to open surgery, arthroscopy offers faster recovery times and less postoperative pain.
  • Improved Mobility: Early intervention can help preserve joint function and improve or maintain mobility.

Risks and Complications:

  • Anesthetic Risks: As with any surgery, there are risks associated with anesthesia, though they are minimized through careful monitoring.
  • Infection: Rare but possible at the site of incision.
  • Postoperative Lameness: Some dogs may experience temporary lameness, which usually improves with proper aftercare.

Recovery and Aftercare:

  • Restricted Activity: Limit your dog's activity to short leash walks for bathroom breaks for the first few weeks post-surgery.
  • Physical Therapy: Rehabilitation exercises may be recommended to aid recovery.
  • Follow-up Visits: Regular check-ups will be needed to monitor the healing process.

Cost Considerations:

We provide a detailed cost estimate, including the surgery, anesthesia, post-operative care, and any additional treatments or medications required.

Final Thoughts:

Choosing surgery for your dog is a significant decision, but early intervention for elbow dysplasia can lead to a more active and comfortable life. Our team at Allied Veterinary Service is committed to providing comprehensive care and support throughout the surgical process and recovery.

Legal Disclaimer:

This pamphlet is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Treatment outcomes vary by individual. Consult your veterinarian for the best course of action for your pet.

Contact Us:

Allied Veterinary Service - Emergency and Referral
8301 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 463-9800
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