Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) repairs are among the most common Orthopedic Surgeries. Though these injuries are not life threatening, they must be addressed as they can cause great pain. Symptoms of this type of injury include pain around the knee area and minimal to non weight bearing on the injured leg.
The cranial cruciate ligament connects the back of the femur with the front of the tibia. Injuries to this area can occur for several reasons. It may be athletic related in a healthy dog or in overweight or obese pets the dog can simply land the wrong way when jumping or running. The injury is the result of a partial or complete tear of the ligament. The traditional technique used by most Veterinarians is to remove the damaged ligament and replace it with a very strong suture which essentially functions as the cruciate ligament. The tissue of the knee heals over a period of several months and the suture eventually breaks leaving the healed tissue to stabilize the knee. This procedure is relatively quick and uncomplicated however following the post operative directions of the Veterinarian and surgical staff is of the up most importance to ensure the surgical area is not re injured during the healing process.
If you believe your pet has a torn CCL call our office today to schedule an appointment.