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Nov 3

Advanced Orthopedics-Limb Deformity and Arthrodesis – Nov 3-5, 2020

November 3, 2020 - November 5, 2020


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RACE Approved: 20.0 hrs

Course Description
This Masters Course is designed for the practicing veterinarian having prior experience with application of bone plates and fracture repair.

Limb deformities are commonly seen in dogs and can lead to osteoarthritis, joint pain and limb dysfunction. Correction of deformities can prevent future osteoarthritis and allow pets to have an excellent functional and cosmetic outcome. Osteotomies are typically performed to correct the alignment of the limb or reduce compression of the physis to allow normal growth. Participants will show you how to diagnose and treat conditions that lead to limb deformity.

Arthrodesis is a common procedure used to treat joints having severe osteoarthritis, instability or pain that cannot be resolved by primary repair. Arthrodesis of the shoulder, carpus and tarsus can be performed with a very good outcome. Patients are expected to return to a high level of function, including running and jumping. Elbow and stifle arthrodesis can also be performed to salvage limbs in select patients. The outcome following arthrodesis of all joints is much improved now due to recent advantages in technology and surgical technique. Locking plate systems simplify the process and have much fewer complications. The course will detail decision-making, surgical principles, surgical planning, application in simulated bone and cadaver bone, postoperative care, management of complications, and long-term outcome. Arthrodesis of the shoulder, carpus and tarsus will be discussed. Indications and techniques for complete and partial arthrodesis of the carpus and tarsus will also be addressed. Arthrodesis techniques will be shown for large breed dogs, small breed dogs and cats. Participants will also learn about options to stimulate bone production at the site of arthrodesis, including techniques for autogenous bone graft harvest, bone substitutes, stem cells and growth factors. This course is appropriate for specialists, residents, interns, and general practitioners with a special interest and prior training in veterinary orthopedics.