Treatment of choice for shoulder disorders depends on the definitive diagnosis of the specific shoulder condition.
- In general dogs with shoulder Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) have an excellent prognosis following arthroscopic flap removal and micro-fracturing.
- Treatment of Medial Shoulder Instability (MSI) with partially torn ligaments are best treated with arthroscopic debridement, biological agents such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), while cases with complete tears probably benefit from surgical reconstruction.
- Bicipital tenosynovitis treatment involves arthroscopic tendon transection.
Many problems can be treated using arthroscopy alone resulting in an excellent prognosis.
Dogs undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery have a good to excellent prognosis depending on the exact diagnosis. Dogs with joint instability and/or other tendon disorders are may develop osteoarthritis. However, the majority of dogs shoulder problems return to a full and active life style.