Arthroscopically assisted treatment of injury to the lateral glenohumeral ligament in dogs.

Authors: 
Ridge PA1, Cook JL, Cook CR.
Volume: 
43
Number: 
5
Pages: 
558-62
Journal: 
Vet Surg
Date: 
2014 Jul

OBJECTIVE:

To report short and medium term outcomes, and complications, in dogs treated for rupture of the lateral glenohumeral ligament (LGHL) with a novel, arthroscopically assisted technique.

STUDY DESIGN:

Retrospective case series.

ANIMALS:

Dogs (n = 10) with LGHL injury.

METHODS:

Dogs were included after arthroscopic confirmation of rupture of the LGHL and treatment using an arthroscopically assisted suture anchor technique with informed owner consent. Outcomes were assessed by the authors and owners and complications arising from treatment recorded.

RESULTS:

After 6 months, 7 dogs were assessed as having full function, 2 as having acceptable function, and 1 had poor function. There was 1 minor intra-operative and 1 minor post-operative complication. There were no major complications encountered 6 months after treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Dogs with LGHL injury can be treated using this novel technique with low complication rates and good outcomes after 6 months.

Small animal: