Rupture or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee joint is a very common injury in dogs.
A ruptured ligament means that your dog cannot walk properly on that leg because the joint has become unstable.
Surgery is the only way of effectively and quickly getting your dog back to an active life.
At the Animal Medical Centre we use 2 different surgical techniques to fix a ruptured ligament.
The first way is suited to dogs who are under 15kg in weight or are older inactive dogs. This is called the lateral suture technique or DeAngelis procedure.
The other way is an advanced technique called Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA).
TTA surgery is ideal if your dog is over 15kg as it results in a quicker return to an active life and less long term arthritis.
TTA surgery involves cutting the tibial bone and then using a special bone plate to change the way the knee takes the weight of your dog.
TTA is performed only by experienced orthopaedic surgeons who have undergone further training.
At the Animal Medical Centre we are fortunate to have several surgeons who are competent in this advanced surgery.