Stifle Extracapsular CrCL Repair, MPL and Miniscal Treatment – Nov. 1-3, 2020

This course will teach techniques used to repair more difficult comminuted shaft fractures of the humerus and femur, as well as the principles of articular fracture repair methods to treat common fractures of the elbow and hip.

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RACE Approved: 20 (Program: 39785)

Reistration Deadline: Oct. 1, 2020

Registration Fee: $1,995

Course Description

Cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency and medial patellar luxations are common orthopedic problem in dogs and cats. Successful treatment of these conditions requires accurate diagnosis and assessment. This course will provide up-to-date information on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency and patellar luxation. Lectures and labs will emphasize techniques that can readily be performed in practice. Participants will learn how to differentiate partial versus complete tears of the CrCL. The course will include sections on stifle extracapsular repair, treatment of meniscal tears and meniscal release and treatment of MPL using the latest technology and surgical technique. Participants will also learn how to treat CrCL in patients having concomitant MPL. Following lecture and case review, participants will perform all these different techniques on cadavers and plastic bone models. Postoperative radiographs will be taken to assess the participants repair technique. Postoperative management will also be discussed.


Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS 

Dr. Brian Beale attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Beale completed a 3-year residency in small animal surgery and joined the faculty there as an assistant professor from 1990-1992. Beale became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991 and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in 1992. 

Beale has a special interest in arthroscopy, minimally-invasive surgery, fracture repair, joint replacement, treatment of arthritis, and pain management. He has many publications, including textbooks, textbook chapters, and scientific articles.

Beale is a passionate teacher and frequently lectures and teaches wet-labs around the world. Beale is a past-president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, past-president of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Foundation and active in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has been a board member for American Humane since 2017. Beale was awarded the Specialty Veterinarian of the Year Award by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association in 2010. Beaele became an ACVS Founding Fellow of Minimally-Invasive Orthopedic Surgery in 2018. He currently is the Head of Education, Training and Research for Compassion First Pet Hospitals and board member and surgeon for Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas.


Sunday, Nov. 1,2020

8 a.m. – Welcome breakfast and introduction

8:05 a.m. – CrCL disease – Regional anatomy and types of tears

8:30 a.m. – Diagnosis of CrCL disease

9 a.m. –  Meniscal tears and treatment

9:30 a.m. –  Break

9:50 a.m. –  Concept of isometry site for CrCL repair

10:15 a.m. –  Extracapsular CrCL repair technique

10:45 a.m. –  Laboratory 1 – Extracapsular CrCL repair, treatment

12 p.m. – Lunch

1 p.m. –  Surgical approach to the stifle

1:20 p.m. – Laboratory 2 – Surgical approach, extracapsular repair, meniscal treatment, cadaver

4 p.m. – Outcome with extracapsular repair – when is it good and when is it not

4:45 p.m. – Complications with extracapsular repair

5:30 p.m. – Conclusion

Monday, Nov. 2 2020

8 a.m. –  Review of Day 1 radiographs

8:45 a.m. –  Understanding the mechanism of patellar luxation

9:15 a.m. – Break

9:30 a.m. – Important diagnostic steps for patellar luxation

10 a.m. – MPL repair in small breed dogs

10:45 a.m. – Laboratory 3 – MPL repair

12 p.m. –  Lunch

12:30 p.m. – Laboratory 3 (cont.) – MPL repair

1:30 p.m. – MPL and concurrent CrCL tears – how to handle

2 p.m. – Laboratory 4 – MPL and CrCL repair

5 p.m. – Conclusion

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020

8 a.m. –  MPL repair in large breed dogs

8:30 a.m. – Laboratory 5 – MPL repair in large breed dog

10:30 a.m. – MPL outcome

11:00 a.m. – MPL complications

11:45 a.m. – Discussion

12 p.m. – Conclusion

Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
  • If a course is cancelled for any reason, we are not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
  • Refunds are available for cancellations made 35 days prior to the beginning of the course. Cancellations less than 35 days before a course are nonrefundable but may be partially transferrable to a future course.

Additional Information

  • A light breakfast and lunch each day is included.