Cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) insufficiency and medial patellar luxations (MPL) are a common orthopedic problem in dogs and cats. Successful treatment of these conditions requires accurate diagnosis and assessment. We will bring our expert instruction directly to your practice and teach the concepts and techniques for successful stifle surgery in your own hospital setting. This interactive, hand’s-on course will provide up-to-date information on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency, meniscal injury, and patellar luxation.
Lectures and practical, hand’s-on practice will develop and refine techniques that can readily be performed in the surgical setting. Course participants will learn how to differentiate partial versus complete tears of the CrCL. The course will include sections on stifle extracapsular repair, treatment of meniscal tears and meniscal release, and treatment of MPL using the latest technology and surgical technique. Participants will also learn how to treat CrCL in patients having concomitant MPL.
Following lecture and case review, participants will perform these different techniques on cadavers and plastic bone models. Post Operative radiographs will be taken to assess the repair techniques made by participants. Post-Operative management will also be discussed. This is a two-day course. A one-day course is available without MPL repair.
Know how to diagnose a CrCL tear and meniscal tear
Know how to diagnose a patellar luxation
Learn decision-making skills for treatment of CrCL and MPL
Understand the principles and how to execute isometric extracapsular CrCL repair
Learn how to perform meniscal release and partial meniscectomy
Understand the principles and how to execute MPL repair
Learn how to treat concurrent CrCL tear and MPL