Cruciate Rupture Surgery

  • 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