Orthopaedic & Cruciate Surgeries
Pet Cruciate Surgery
It’s the Cranial Cruciate ligament that ruptures most of the time and when this happen, all stability in the knee is lost. This can happen as an acute sudden tear or a slow degeneration of the ligament.
Acute or sudden tear can happen with an inward rotation of the knee while jumping or turning. It commonly happens after jumping to catch a ball or frisbee. Can also happen with a traumatic incident like a car accident.
Bruce’s Cruciate Surgery Journey
Like Bruce, there are many dogs who experience a torn cruciate ligament. This causes significant instability in the affected rear leg to the point that no pressure can be placed on it. Like Bruce, many dogs have come to Hilton Vet Hospital and have regained athletic ability after treatment and rehabilitation. Here are a few clips to show Bruce’s progress. Within just one week Bruce was up and about with just a small limp.
At Hilton Vet Hospital, we offer two surgical repair techniques to restore stability in the knee:
Cruciate Surgery Options Overview
There are two recommended procedures for Cruciate Surgery, LFS and MMP. It is up to the Doctor to determine which method is most suitable for your dog. Below are two videos and PDF that explain the procedures.
MMP: Modified Maquet Procedure for dogs over 25kgs.
We want to see your dog back to athletic ability.
Radiographs are taken to determine the severity of the problem and to determine the best surgical approach. At Hilton Vet Hospital we make use of a digital X-ray processor to give us excellent quality radiographs. Two views are taken while the patient is under anaesthesia to make sure no movement will blur the image.