Cruciate ligament disease in dogs is the commonest cause of hindlimb lameness. Our normal recommendation for treatment for dogs over about 12-15kg in weight is tibial plateau levelling osteotomy. We have successfully performed several thousand of these surgeries since the Practice opened and use an advanced locking plate system to stabilise the tibial osteotomy that reduces the risk of complications.
In smaller dogs under 12-15kg we usually perform a closing wedge ostectomy of the tibia.
Extracapsular sutures are sometimes used when owners cannot affort the cost of tibial osteotomies.
Management of ruptured cruciate ligament by tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO).
Xray of West Highland White Terrier with cranial cruciate ligament rupture.
Treatment of ruptured cranial cruciate ligament by cranial closing wedge ostectomy (CCWO)