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Canine Elbow Dysplasia

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Elbow dysplasia is a very broad term that encompasses several conditions that can affect the canine elbow including:

  • Medial coronoid process disease (also formerly called fragmented medial coronoid process)
  • Ununited anconeal process
  • Osteochondrosis/osteochondritis dissecans (OC/OCD)
  • Elbow incongruity
  • Any combination of the above 4 conditions

In addition, if a dog has any of these conditions there is a substantial probability of developing elbow osteoarthritis, which influences the surgical treatment options available. There are many surgical treatment options for elbow disorders that include:

  • Elbow arthroscopy with removal of a fragmented medial coronoid process
  • Elbow arthroscopy with removal of an ununited anconeal process
  • Elbow arthroscopy with re-attachment of an ununited anconeal process
  • Elbow arthroscopy with either removal of an elbow osteochondritis dissecans, resurfacing of the OCD with a synthetic implants, resurfacing of an OCD with an allograft
  • Ulnar osteotomy
  • Humeral osteotomy
  • Partial elbow replacement
  • Total elbow replacement

We have experience and perform all of these surgical procedures. The first key is obtaining a thorough diagnosis and understanding of your dog’s elbow problem in order to then enable selecting among the different treatment options.