Tibial Tuberosity Advancement- Dog Knee Surgery
You love your dog, and nothing breaks your heart more than seeing your furry family member in pain! If your dog has recently suffered a knee injury, it's possible that they may need a canine ACL repair. Our veterinarian in Bend at Central Oregon Animal Hospital is experienced in performing canine orthopedic surgery. Read on to learn more about if this might be a good fit for your dog.
In dogs, a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common injury. ACL rupture can affect any dog, but it's most common in dogs who are overweight, middle-aged, and a medium to large breed. Often, the ACL only tears partially, causing your dog to have an unsteady gait. It's imperative for your pet's well-being that any injury to the ACL is treated. When left untreated, ACL rupture can lead to damage in the meniscus, which acts as a cushion for your dog's knee caps. Partial tears can eventually turn into complete tears, which can be incredibly painful for your pup.
How Tibial Tuberosity Advancement Surgery Can Help
The only way to correct partial and complete ACL tears in dogs is through surgery. When the ACL is not functioning properly, it can cause the bones in the knee to rub together. During tibial tuberosity advancement surgery, a titanium implant is placed in the knee, which stops the bones from rubbing together and protects the delicate meniscus from becoming damaged. There are implants made for dogs as small as ten pounds, as well as for dogs over 100 pounds- very few dogs are too small or too large to have ACL repair surgery. If TTA is not a good fit for your dog, there are other ways to repair the ACL. Our veterinarian will go over the various approaches with you.
Our veterinarian will walk you through what to expect during the recovery process. Following any sort of orthopedic surgery, typically, dogs need ice packs applied to the affected area a few times each day for 7-10 days following the procedure. Our vet will also provide pain medication to help your pet recover comfortably.
Call Central Oregon Animal Hospital Today!
If your dog has suffered from knee problems and you think he or she may need an ACL repair, you're in the right place. Call our veterinarian in Bend at Central Oregon Animal Hospital today at 541-382-7067 to set up a consultation to find out if tibial tuberosity advancement surgery is a good fit for your pet. We look forward to serving you and your family.