Steven Leshem, DVM, is a veterinary surgeon at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Hartford. Steve Leshem’s specialty areas include neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, and soft tissue surgery, and he is experienced in using arthroscopic and laparoscopic techniques.

As veterinary medicine becomes more advanced, more veterinary surgeons are using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to perform surgery on joints. An arthroscopic procedure can also help a veterinarian diagnose a joint problem if other tests have been inconclusive.

The benefits of arthroscopic procedures include the ability to thoroughly examine a joint with less pain and a faster recovery compared with traditional surgical procedures. With the smaller incision, less scar tissue develops, allowing a better range of motion once the animal has healed. The animal also experiences less time under anesthesia.

The conditions for which arthroscopy is indicated in animals include bicep tendon tears/tendonitis, tearing of collateral ligaments, fragmented coronoid processes, and osteochondrosis.