Improve International Wet-Lab 15 and 16 May 2021
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In this highly practical two day course, you will learn about some of the most common and controversial subjects in orthopedics and ways to treat them


Sat, 15 May

Full Day

Stifle disease - Cranial cruciate ligament disease featuring MMP, patellar luxation featuring RidgeStop and plate osteosynthesis featuring String of Pearls (SOP)

Day 1 - Lecture and dry-lab session. Topics covered are; Canine Cruciate Repair, Patellar Luxation and Fracture Repair

Sun, 16 May

Full Day

Day 2 - Wet-lab session. Delegates will be working on cadavers to practice the surgical techniques


Full & half day, hands on workshops

Each workshop gives participants the chance to carry out procedures on plastic models or cadavers, under the instruction of highly regarded tutors.

Stifle Disease: Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease
Featuring MMP

MMP is a surgical technique for treatment of lameness caused by failure of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).

Named after a human surgeon, Dr. P Maquet, the MMP is a form of TTA and uses a pure titanium foam wedge to advance and fix the tuberosity. The MMP was developed to make Tibial Osteotomy surgery more widely available to surgeons.

Course Agenda

  • Pathology and diagnosis of cranial cruciate ligament disease

  • Treatment options for CCL disease and meniscal injury

  • OrthoFoam™ – the bone ingrowth implant

  • MMP technique

  • Key steps of procedure

  • MMP variations

  • Difficult cases

  • Dealing with complications

  • MMP sawbone practical

  • MMP cadaver practical (course dependent)

The MMP procedure allows for short surgery time, short convalescence, can be more cost effective and outcomes are similar to those of TPLO*

*“Outcome after Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy and Modified Maquet Procedure in Dogs with Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture”
Authors: Knebel J, et al VCOT 2020 Apr 21. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1701502.

Stifle Disease: Patellar Luxation
Featuring RidgeStop™

RidgeStop™ is employed as an adjunct procedure when re-alignment operations such as tibial tuberosity transposition or much less commonly distal femoral ostectomy have been performed.

The aim of the surgery is to make sure that the patellar slides up and down within its groove, without slipping to one side or the other; the cause of discomfort and lameness.

Unlike other procedures for patellar luxation where the joint surface has to be cut, this is a much less traumatic procedure, as well as being more effective.

Course Agenda

  • Patellar luxation pathophysiology

  • Patellar luxation including tibial tuberosity transposition

  • The concept of RidgeStop™

  • RidgeStop™ and TTT sawbone practical

  • RidgeStop™ and TTT cadaver practical (course dependent)

Plate Osteosynthesis
Featuring SOP™

The SOP™ is a world-leading locking plate fixation system. This system can be thought of as an internal – external fixator and is applicable in a huge array of fracture repairs. SOP™ also serves as a locking spinal fixation system and is available in 2.0mm, 2.7mm and 3.5mm sizes in either steel or titanium.

It’s a hugely versatile system that requires minimal instrumentation and therefore removes the need for expensive investment.

2021 will also see the introduction of a new low profile SOP™ system which will be incorporated into our workshops. This low profile plate, utilises the same principles of SOP™ technology for the plate and screw interface and was developed for small cases ranging from 2kg to 10kg.

Course Agenda

  • Fracture and implant biomechanics

  • Bone healing principles

  • Assessment of fracture patient

  • Fracture score

  • Internal fracture fixation

  • How to apply non locking plates

  • Locking plates and screws

  • How SOP™ differs to existing implant systems

  • SOP™ biomechanics

  • SOP™ clinical recommendations

  • SOP™ sawbone practical

  • SOP™ cadaver practical (course dependent)


Irvine - Improve International (California)

University of California Surgical Education Centre (School of Medicine, Department of Urology), Irvine, 92697

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Taught by world leading experts

The following leading experts lecture our workshops and use our products. Confirmation of who is teaching on the day will be determined closer to the date of the event.

Scott Rutherford

BVMS, CertSAS, DipECVS, MRCVS, RCVS & EU Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Bruce Nwadike



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