CORA Based Leveling Osteotomy (CBLO); Basic Techniques for Veterinary Technicians - August 30 - September 1, 2021


CE Hours: 20.0 Hours

Course Description: CORA based leveling osteotomy is a procedure where the tibial plateau angle is modified by centering the saw blade (ACA) at the location of the CORA (center of rotation of angulation). In doing so there is no secondary translation, i.e., the proximal anatomic axis and distal anatomic axis are aligned. The osteotomy is stabilized with a Veterinary Orthopedic Implant (V.O.I.) specially designed locking plate and counter-sink compression screw. The course will detail surgical planning, surgical technique, post-operative management, complications, and long-term outcome. In this course participants will familiarize themselves with the CBLO procedure through lecture, clinical case presentations, radiographic pre-operative planning, and by performing the procedures on saw bone models and cadavers.  Course participants will learn basic techniques in addition to techniques including management of Juvenile CCL injury with CBLO, small breed CBLO application (small plastic bone), CBLO  with concurrent patella luxation correction, and double cut techniques for excessive tibial plateau angle (eTPA). 

Please be advised that technicians may only attend with a veterinarian who they have a working relationship with.

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Day 1

1:00 pm                       Welcome and introduction

1:10 pm                       Review CCL Diagnosis and Intra-articular Pathology

1:30 pm                       CBLO Concept & what we have 

2:00 pm                       Completed and ongoing studies 

2:30 pm                       Break

3:00 pm                       Radiographic planning            

3:30 pm                       Laboratory 1: Radiographic Planning (Standard Procedure: cadaver stifles)

4:30 pm                       CBLO standard technique  

5:00 pm                       Laboratory 2: Instrumentation lab (drill, implants, HCS insertion)

5:30 pm                       End of day


Day 2 

7:30 am                       Breakfast

8:00 am                       Laboratory 3: Standard CBLO Procedure (sawbone exercise)

9:00 am                       Laboratory 4: Standard CBLO Procedure (cadaver left stifle) 

10:15 am                     BREAK

10:30 am                     Laboratory 5: Standard CBLO Procedure (cadaver right stifle)

12:00 pm                     LUNCH

1:00 pm                       CBLO combined with patella luxation

1:30 pm                       Laboratory 6: CBLO Procedure with patella luxation (sawbone exercise)

2:30 pm                       Laboratory 7: Radiographic planning cadaver CBLO with patella luxation 

3:00 pm                       Laboratory 8: CBLO Procedure with patella luxation (left stifle)

4:15 pm                       Laboratory 9: CBLO Procedure with patella luxation (right stifle)

5:30 pm                       END OF DAY


Day 3

7:30 am                       Breakfast

8:00 am                       Radiographic review Basic lab and CBLO/patella

10:00 am                     BREAK

10:15 am                     Management Juvenile CrCL injury CBLO/Primary repair

11:00 am                     CBLO with eTPA concept and planning 

12:00 pm                     LUNCH

1:00 pm                       Laboratory 10:  Radiographic planning eTPA 

2:00 pm                       Laboratory 11: Radiographic planning of sawbone simulated eTPA

2:30 pm                       Laboratory 12:  Execution CBLO with eTPA (sawbone)

3:30 pm                       Laboratory 13: Execution CBLO with eTPA (sawbone)

4:30 pm                       DISCUSSION

5:00 pm                       Conclusion of Course

Brian Beale DVM, DACVS
dr brian beale

Brian Beale attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He also completed a 3-year residency in small animal surgery and joined the faculty there as an assistant professor from 1990–1992. Brian became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991 and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in 1992. Brian has a special interest in arthroscopy, minimally-invasive surgery, fracture repair, joint replacement, treatment of arthritis, and pain management. Brian has many publications, including textbooks, textbook chapters and scientific articles. Brian is a passionate teacher and frequently lectures and teaches wet-labs around the world. He is a past-president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, past-president of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Foundation and active in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has been a board member for American Humane since 2017. Brian was awarded the Specialty Veterinarian of the Year Award by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association in 2010. Brian became an ACVS Founding Fellow of Minimally-Invasive Orthopedic Surgery in 2018. Brian currently is the Head of Education, Training and Research for Compassion First Pet Hospitals and board member and surgeon for Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas.

Don Hulse DVM

Dr. Hulse graduated from Texas A&M in 1970 and completed his surgical training at Kansas State University in 1973. Commencing in 1970 and continuing until his appointment as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M University in 1984, Dr.Hulse served as a clinician in general practice and as a Staff Surgeon at Louisiana State University and Oklahoma State University. He successfully fulfilled the requirements for admission into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1977. He is a recognized leader in veterinary orthopedics and is frequently an invited speaker at National and International Veterinary conferences. He has developed techniques commonly used for treatment of bone and joint disorders in dogs and is a co-author of Small Animal Arthroscopy. His clinical research interests focus on minimally invasive surgery for joint disorders and for fracture treatment.

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