Advanced Equine Arthroscopy, August 19-21, 2021


RACE approved: 19.5 hours

Course Description

This totally revamped arthroscopic surgery course includes a renewed format including 4 laboratories to give optimal practical information on how to do advanced arthroscopy and with particular emphasis on approaches for internal fixation of fractures of the carpus and fetlock, new arthroscopic techniques in the femoropatellar and femorotibial joints, advanced arthroscopic surgery of the hock and important tenoscopic surgical techniques for bursoscopy. There will be lots of hands-on instruction with plenty of top-level instructors to help as the key issues. The course is headed by the authors of the fourth edition and upcoming fifth edition of Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse by Drs. McIlwraith, Nixon, and Wright together with exceptional expertise from Drs. Frisbie, Kawcak, and Goodrich at CSU.

Resident, student, and intern prices are available upon request. Please contact Geri Baker for more information.

Day 1

12:15-1 p.m. – Lunch and welcome
1-2 p.m. – Lag Screw Fixation of Slab Fractures of the Carpus under Arthroscopic Visualization – Dr. Wayne McIlwraith
2-2:20 p.m. – Carpal Sheath Procedures: Approaches, Techniques, ALSDF Resection and Retinacular Resection- Dr. Alan Nixon
2:20–2:50 p.m. – Osteochondroma/Physeal Spikes, Radial Head of DDF Tears, ALSDF Tears and Fractures of Accessory Carpal Bones – Dr. Ian Wright
2:50–3 p.m. – Break
3:-5 p.m. – Laboratory 1: Carpal Slab Fracture, Internal Fixation, and Carpal Sheath Wet Lab 1 – Drs. McIlwraith, Wright, Nixon, Kawcak, Frisbie, Goodrich, and Brad Nelson

Day 2

7:30-8 a.m. – Breakfast
8-9 a.m. – Advanced Fetlock, including Internal Fixation of Condylar Fractures, Proximal Phalanx and Sesamoid Fractures – Dr. Ian Wright
9–9:50 a.m. – Arthroscopic Surgery of Interphalangeal Joints- Dr. Alan Nixon
9:50-10 a.m. – Break
10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Laboratory 2: Fetlock Internal Fixation and Distal Interphalangeal Joints – Drs. McIlwraith, Wright, Nixon, Kawcak, Frisbie, Goodrich, and Nelson
12-1 p.m. – Lunch
1-1:45 p.m. – Arthroscopic Surgery of Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath – Dr. Ian Wright
1:45-2:30 p.m. – Tenoscopic Annular Ligament Desmotomy – The Good and the Bad – Dr. Alan Nixon
2:30-3 p.m. – Navicular Bursoscopy – Dr. Ian Wright
3-3:15 p.m. – Break
3:15-5:15 p.m. – Laboratory 3: Distal Limb Wet Lab – Drs. McIlwraith, Wright, Nixon, Kawcak, Frisbie, Goodrich, and Nelson

Day 3

7:30-8 a.m. – Breakfast
8-8:30 a.m. – Advanced Hock, Including Lag Screw Fixation of Tarsal Slab Fractures – Dr. Wayne McIlwraith
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Arthroscopic Surgery of Femoropatellar Joints – Dr. Wayne McIlwraith
9:30-9:45 a.m. – Break
9:45-10:45 a.m. – Arthroscopic Surgery of Femorotibial Joints – Dr. Wayne McIlwraith
10:45-11:15 a.m. – Arthroscopically Guided Screw Insertion in Subchondral Bone Cysts of Medial Femoral Condyle- Dr. Ian Wright
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Arthroscopic Surgery of Shoulder and Elbow – Dr. Alan Nixon
12:15-1 p.m. – Lunch
1-3:30 p.m. – Laboratory 4: Proximal Hind Limb (Stifle and Hock) Wet Lab – Drs. McIlwraith, Wright, Nixon, Kawcak, Goodrich, and Nelson
3:30-4 p.m. – Break
4–4:30 p.m. – The Use of Radiofrequency in Arthroscopy – Dr. Laurie Goodrich
4:30-5 p.m. – Aftercare – Including Medication, Regenerative Therapies, and Stem Cell Therapies – Dr. Wayne McIlwraith
5 p.m. – Conclusion

Wayne McIlwraith

Wayne McIlwraith

BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR, University Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Director of Orthopaedic Research Center Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. McIlwraith is the pioneer of equine arthroscopy, is the senior author of Diagnostic & Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse and is a major contributor to clinical and research orthopaedics.

David Frisbie

David Frisbie

DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR, Professor of Equine Surgery at Colorado State University

Dr. David Frisbie has published extensively including several novel techniques in equine orthopaedics.

Chris Kawcak

Chris Kawcak

DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Dip AVCSMR, Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Kawcak was an early author of follow up studies in arthroscopic surgery and is one of a team of researchers working to find ways to prevent catastrophic injuries in equine athletes.

Laurie Goodrich

Laurie Goodrich

DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Associate Professor of Lameness and Orthopaedic Surgery at Colorado State University

Dr. Goodrich has utilized mesenchymal stem cells and platelet rich plasma to improve cartilage repair.

Brad Nelson

DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Assistant Professor of Lameness and Orthopaedic Surgery at Colorado State University

Dr. Nelson has an interest in imaging for early diagnosis with focus on contrast computer tomography.

Alan Nixon

Alan Nixon

BVSc, MS, Dip ACVS, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of the Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory and the JD&ML Wheat Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Laboratory at Cornell University

Dr. Nixon specializes in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery with a special emphasis on regenerative medicine.

Ian Wright

Ian Wright

MA VetMB, DEO, Dip ECVS, MRCVS, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Suffolk, UK

Dr. Wright has extensive clinical experience in arthroscopic surgery, has published numerous minimally invasive techniques.

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