Presentation of an abstract gives authors of scientific research the opportunity to present their findings to the scientific community. At Northwest Surgeons we are actively involved in research in order to advance our knowledge in all of the areas in which we specialise.
At this week’s meeting of the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association one of our interns Tom Dutton presented his work investigating the use of local anaesthetics in dogs. The study was well received by the highly respected audience and Tom was commended by many specialists for producing a sound scientific study.
The study documented the use of local anaesthetic injected into the elbow joint prior to arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure which involves using a camera to examine the inside of the joint whilst the dog is under anaesthesia. Like any type of surgery the procedure produces a degree of pain. The outcome of the study showed that by injecting local anaesthetic into the joint before surgery starts, we can minimise the pain to the dog.
Every year at Northwest Surgeons we carry out well over 100 arthroscopic procedures, mostly for the investigating of elbow lameness in dogs, so we are very keen to make sure we do our very best to minimise any pain or discomfort this may cause to the animal. We can do this thanks to our combination of specialists in orthopaedics and anaesthesia as well as round the clock care provided by our on site vets.Feature