Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Extracapsular Repair, and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
> What is a CCL injury?
A ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is the most common knee injury among dogs. In humans, this ligament is called the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Although dogs of all ages and sizes can rupture their CCL, our most common patients are middle-aged or older and often obese. Larger breeds are also more prone to CCL injuries, although they can happen to dogs of any size. When a dog ruptures their CCL, the knee joint becomes unstable and painful, which leads to limping. If you suspect your dog is suffering from a CCL rupture, it is essential to receive treatment as early as possible. Delaying treatment can lead to further joint damage, including meniscal tears, worsening arthritis and pain, and a similar injury in the other leg due to overuse.
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> What can be done about a CCL injury?
Cranial cruciate ligament ruptures are typically repaired in one of three ways: Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Extracapsular Repair with Lateral Fabellar Suture, and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA). These procedures offer different solutions for the same underlying problem, and there are pros and cons to each surgery. Sleeping Giant Animal Clinic performs both TPLO and Extracapsular Repair procedures, and our veterinarians will work with you to determine the procedure that is the best option for your pet. From the presurgical consult to the post-op recovery, we’re here to provide you with all the information and support you need.
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