Cranial cruciate ligament rupture is one of the more common joint injuries we see, both in young athletic dogs and the older ladies and gents, and occasionally in cats too. There are various ways to treat this injury. In the past, we had stabilised the knee by placing a tough nylon line across the outside of the joint, but techniques have moved on. A few years ago we invested in the training and surgical kit necessary to carry out one of the newer techniques in-house. Here, we use a TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement): a 3D printed titanium cage is inserted behind the tibial crest to alter the dynamics of the joint so that it is stable under load.
The technique is suitable for most patients, saving our clients and patients travelling, and keeping costs within reach of as many as possible.
For those few for whom it may not be the best approach, we still have the option of referral for other techniques.
We are not limited to knees of course: most of the fractures and joint injuries we see can be repaired here. Fractures can be pinned, plated or stabilised with external fixators. Dislocating kneecaps can be re-seated.
Being free run, bounce and pounce is an important part of a dog or cat's life: whether they've been reckless or just unlucky, we'll keep trying to put them back together and get them back out there.