Cruciate ligamant tears in a dog’s knee are common. Pet’s stand with their knees slightly bent, so there is more constant strain on the cruciate ligament. Tearing this ligament causes instability in the knee joint that allows an abnormal motion leading to debilitating arthritis over time. We fix the torn ACL in dogs by simply replacing the ligament with a new one, which we call the lateral suture technique. This knee repair technique is also sometimes called the tightrope repair.
Preoperative assessment of radiographs by one of our doctors is required to fully assess and plan the specific surgical fixation required.
A proper orthopedic exam and x-rays are required to make the definitive diagnosis and recommendation for an FHO. Pets need an FHO because Congenital birth defects such as hip dysplasia or Legg Calve Perthes disease, hip luxation, or trauma. An FHO involves removing the ball of the upper leg bone that connects with the hip bone so that the 2 bones do not rub together and cause severe pain. It is a procedure to relieve pain. It does not replace the hip joint. It removes part of the joint.
There are several different reasons a pet may need to have a toe/tail amputated. Birth defects, cancer, or trauma to the toe/tail. All sizes of pets can recover well and go on to live a happy life after surgery.
Your pet having to have a leg amputated can be alarming. Generally, amputation offers immediate pain relief, as post surgical pain pales in comparison to the pain of leg cancer or trauma to the leg. There are several different reasons a pet may need to have a leg amputated. Birth defects, neurologic disease, or most commonly, cancer or trauma in the leg. All sizes of pets can recover well and go on to live a happy life after having a leg amputated.
When the patella (knee) is luxated out of the joint, it rides against the bone instead of in the joint groove causing pain and eventual arthritis. The most severe cases involve the defect in the alignment of the bones above and below the knee and require bone to be cut, rotated and pinned to straighten the alignment.
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