The most common indications for arthroscopy at Bourton Vale Equine Clinic are infection or contamination of joints.

This keyhole surgery allows for excellent visualisation of the affected structure so that foreign material such as fragments of wood or blackthorn can be removed and the site flushed with a large volume of saline.  When these cases are treated early the response is dramatic with a horse transformed from being non weight bearing to sound in a matter of hours.

Arthroscopy is also used for the removal of bone chips and the assessment and treatment of some OCDs, whilst tenoscopy is used to examine and treat flexor tendon injuries that occur within the digital flexor tendon sheath as well as tendon sheath sepsis.

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