Small Animal Arthroscopy
Arthroscopy is our passion. Since the beginning of Rita Leibinger we have invested in an arthroscopy line especially designed for the needs of veterinary surgeons. With our historical technical know how from human surgery we developed high quality arthroscopy instruments. In the following years we have always been improving our arthroscopy line with the help of experienced veterinary key surgeons such as Prof. Dr. Bernadette van Ryssen (ESVOT) for small animal and Dr. Hans Wilderjans (ECVS) for equine arthroscopy.
Please have a look at our Van-Ryssen Small Animal Arthroscopy line HERE:
Statement of Prof. Dr. Bernadette van Ryssen:
In the last few decades, arthroscopy in small animals has known a rapid expansion because of some important advantages. This minimally invasive technique allows a wide and detailed inspection of the intra-articular structures and their pathologic changes because of the enlargement by the arthroscope and camera. Fibrillation and superficial erosions of cartilage, fibers of (partially) ruptured ligaments, and the structure of synovial villi are details that can be evaluated during arthroscopy. These possibilities allow an accurate diagnosis and a better understanding of the intra-articular anatomy and pathology. Arthroscopy can be used to demonstrate discrete or early lesions without radiographic evidence. It allows a second look in joints that have been treated unsuccessfully via arthrotomy or arthroscopy. Several lesions can be treated via arthroscopy. In case of bilateral lesions, treatment of both joints can be performed during one anesthesia. Because of the limited surgical trauma, the postoperative care and risk for complications are minimal. A prerequisite for successful arthroscopic interventions is good quality equipment to clearly visualize the intra-articular structures. It is also important to work with the correct instruments: they should be small yet strong and have an adapted shape. Finally training and exercise is needed before sufficient experience is reached to apply arthroscopy in the small sized joints and to adapt a different way of surgical handling.
BERNADETTE VAN RYSSEN