Basic and Advanced Arthroscopy - August 22-24, 2013

This course teaches the basic principles of equine arthroscopy and will provide detailed instruction on arthroscopic techniques at the advanced level.


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Basic Arthroscopy: August 22, 2013

Advanced Arthroscopy: August 23-24, 2013


Basic Arthroscopy: Presented by Drs. Wayne McIlwraith, David Frisbie, Chris Kawcak and Laurie Goodrich. The course teaches the basic principles of equine arthroscopy in the carpus and dorsal fetlock joint including instrumentation and basic techniques, diagnostic arthroscopy of the carpus and fetlock joints; arthroscopic surgery of the carpus for osteochondral chip fragment removal and arthroscopic surgery of the dorsal compartment of the fetlock joint for proximal P1 chips, villonodular synovitis and OCD. The morning program will consist of lectures and video demonstration. The afternoon will be a laboratory with participants performing arthroscopic surgery using video under supervision of the instructors.

Advanced Arthroscopy: Presented by: Drs. Wayne McIlwraith, Alan Nixon (Cornell University), Ian Wright (Newmarket Equine Hospital) (authors of upcoming 4th Edition of Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse) together with Drs. David Frisbie, Chris Kawcak and Laurie Goodrich at CSU. The presenters invite you to an intensive two day course in advanced arthroscopic techniques. Participants will need a reasonable degree of arthroscopic competence in order to benefit from the instruction. The course will be intensive and comprehensive covering all common joints, tendon sheaths and bursae. It will introduce also the novel technique of standing diagnostic arthroscopy and include a review of tissue healing, adjunctive therapies and rehabilitation as these relate to arthroscopic cases. All lectures will be supported by hands-on wet lab experience using Arthrex specialist teaching equipment.

CE Credits:



Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, Dr. med vet (hc), Dvetmed (hc), Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR, University Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. McIlwraith is the pioneer of equine arthroscopy, is the senior author of Diagnostic & Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse, and is a major contributor to clinical and research orthopaedics.

Alan Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dip ACVS, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of the Comparative Orthopaedics Laboratory and the JD&ML Wheat Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Laboratory at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nixon specializes in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery with a special emphasis on regenerative medicine. He is a co-author of the 3rd and 4th Edition of Diagnostic & Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse.

Ian Wright, MA, VetMB, DEO, Dip ECVS, MRCVS, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Suffolk, UK has extensive clinical experience in arthroscopic surgery, has published numerous minimally invasive techniques and is a co-author of the 3rd & 4th Edition of Diagnostic & Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse.

David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR, Associate Professor of Equine Surgery at Colorado State University, has published extensively including several novel techniques in equine orthopaedics.

Chris Kawcak, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Dip ACVSMR, Professor of Orthopedics. Dr. Kawcak is one of a team of researchers working to find ways to prevent and treat catastrophic injuries in equine athletes.

Laurie Goodrich, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVS, Associate Professor of Orthopedics in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Goodrich has utilized mesenchymal stem cells and platelet rich plasma to improve cartilage repair.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Alan Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dip ACVS

Dr. Ian Wright, MA, VetMB, DEO, Dip ECVS, MRCVS, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Suffolk, UK

Registration Fees:

Residents: Residents can take the Basic and Advanced course combined at a reduced rate of $950.00. Note: You must fax your registration along with proof of residency to (970) 297-1275.

Standard: $1450.00 if received 1 month prior to course

Late: $1550.00 if received less that 1 month prior to course

Note: If you are attempting to register 1 month or less prior to this course please call (970) 297-1273 to confirm availability.

Enrollment is limited. Register Early!

Alternate Registration Process: If you prefer to purchase this course by mail or fax, click here to use the downloadable purchase form.

Course Schedule:

Thursday, August 22, 2013:

8 a.m.: Instrumentation — Wayne McIlwraith

8:45 a.m.: Basic Arthroscopic Techniques in Diagnostic Arthroscopy — Wayne McIlwraith

9:15 a.m.: Arthroscopic Surgery of the Carpus — Wayne McIlwraith

10-10:15 a.m.: Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: 

Laboratory 1: Arthroscopic Surgery of the Carpus — Drs. McIlwraith, Frisbie, Kawcak, and Goodrich

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30-2:45 p.m.: Arthroscopic Surgery of Fetlock Joint — Wayne McIlwraith

2:45-3 p.m.: Coffee Break

3– 5 p.m.: 

Laboratory 2: Arthroscopic surgery of the fetlock joint. 10 stations—maximum of 3 participants per station

Friday, August 23, 2013:

8-8:15 a.m.: Welcome introduction and course aims – Wayne McIlwraith

8:15-8:55 a.m.: Advanced Carpus – Wayne McIlwraith

8:55-9:35 a.m.: Carpal sheath procedures – Ian Wright/Alan Nixon

9:35-10 a.m.: Shoulder and elbow – Alan Nixon

10-10:15 a.m.: Coffee

10:15-12:15 p.m.: Proximal forelimb wet lab

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15-2 p.m.: Advanced fetlock including internal fixation of condylar fractures proximal phalanx and sesamoid fractures - Ian Wright

2-2:45 p.m.: Interphalangeal Joints – Alan Nixon

2:45-3:15 p.m.: Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath – Ian Wright

3:15-3:30 p.m.: Coffee Break

3:30-5:30 p.m.: Distal limb wet lab

6:30 p.m.: Dinner

Saturday, August 24, 2013:

8-8:30 a.m.: Advanced hock – Wayne McIlwraith

8:30-9 a.m.: Femoropatellar joint – David Frisbie

9:10-10 a.m.: Femorotibial joints – Wayne McIlwraith

10-10:15 a.m.: Coffee

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Proximal hindlimb wet lab – Faculty

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15-1:45 p.m.: Navicular bursoscopy – Ian Wright

1:45-2 p.m.: The use of radio frequency in arthroscopy – Goodrich

2-3:30 p.m.: "Delegates choice" wet lab – Faculty

3:30-3:45 p.m.: Coffee

3:45-4:30 p.m.: Aftercare - including medication, regenerative therapies and rehabilitation

4:30-4:45 p.m.: Discussion and close of course

Registration and Cancellation Information:

Pre-registration is required for all veterinary continuing education conferences. Courses are subject to cancellation when registration is inadequate to cover costs of the program. Registration at least six weeks before the course will help prevent cancellation. Course fee is payable to Colorado State University. Fee includes proceedings, materials, supplies, refreshments and in some cases, lunch. Please see course schedules for more information.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Registration fees are fully refundable until 60 days prior to the course, 50% refundable between 60 and 30 days prior to the course and non-refundable after 30 days prior to the course. Fees will be refunded 100% at any date if vacated spot can be filled.

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