Veterinary Highlights: Canine Unicompartmental Elbow Resurfacing (CUE)

Osteoarthritis from elbow dysplasia may result in complete loss of cartilage on the medial (inner side) weight-bearing surfaces of the joint, (Medial Compartment Disease (MCD). At this stage, the part of the joint collapses, resulting in the grinding of bone on bone.

Canine Unicompartmental Elbow (CUE) is a surgical treatment option to consider where other treatments are no longer effective.

Canine Unicompartmental Elbow  (CUE)

The CUE implant provides a bone-sparing option for resurfacing of the affected part of the joint while preserving the dog’s own cartilage where it’s still functional. The procedure reduces or eliminates the pain caused by the grinding of bone on bone.

It is less invasive than total elbow replacement with faster recovery and good outcome.

If your dog is suffering from medial compartment disease, CUE is one of the options to discuss with your veterinarian.

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