Arthroscopy is a form of endoscopy where a scope is introduced into the body via a small incision. From there, veterinarians can diagnose and treat lameness, joint disease, and remove bone and cartilage fragments, among others. As such, surgical procedures can be performed through two or three very small incisions that often require only one or two sutures for closure. Also known as “keyhole surgery”, this procedure improves joint surgery dramatically and allows the body to heal faster.
What To Expect From An Arthroscopy
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and is used in conjunction with other diagnostic methods like ultrasound, and radiography to get a comprehensive view of the joint in need of treatment.
Complications resulting from this procedure are rare, and complications like tissue swelling are typically minor and self-resolving. Regardless, any post-procedural swelling or bleeding should be monitored carefully.
Though the procedure is designed to speed up recovery time, follow-up care is an essential part of your horse’s recovery after an arthroscopy. As such, you will need to observe the incision and keep it clean to prevent infection by keeping the stable, and bandages clean. Your horse will need stall rest so any post-procedural inflammation can subside and the joint and surrounding structures like the ligaments and cartilage can begin healing.
Adhering to post-operative instructions is essential to a more rapid return to recovery.