Basic small animal arthrodesis

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About the course

Key Areas

  • Principles of arthrodesis – how and when
  • Bone grafts
  • Carpal arthrodesis – techniques
  • Post-operative management and complications
  • Practical session – pancarpal arthrodesis and partial tarsal (calcaneo-quartal) arthrodesis

About this course

What can you do for the carpus or tarsus that cannot be returned to full function by standard orthopaedic surgery? What options for carpal or tarsal salvage are available and when should they be performed?

Participants will develop their knowledge, practical skills and clinical decision-making about how and when to perform an arthrodesis in this practical one-day course. The course will consist of lectures and clinical cases, followed by practical surgical exercises using cadavers. This course covers investigations and treatment into carpal and tarsal injuries and the decision-making process of which

arthrodesis techniques are indicated. The course is not suitable for inexperienced orthopaedic surgeons – participants are expected to be experienced and comfortable with internal fixation techniques including screws, compression plates, K-wires and tension bands.

Why do this course? 
You will increase your orthopaedic skills and learn important salvage techniques for those patients where arthrodesis is the only option to maintain their quality of life.

Course details
Course format: Lectures, case-based discussions and practical sessions
Course length: One-day
Relevant to CertAVP module: Small Animal Surgery (C-SAS.7)


Elvin Kulendra, BVetMed MVetMed CertVDI DipECVS FHEA MRCVS 
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Ignacio Calvo, Ldo Vet CertSAS DipECVS FHEA MRCVS 
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedics 
The Royal Veterinary College 

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