Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CrCL) disease is one of the most common causes of hind limb lameness in dogs. This is a result of progressive weakening (degeneration) of the ligament, which is unable to tolerate the normal strain of weight bearing.
Once the ligament is torn or ruptures, the knee becomes unstable and inflamed, leading to pain and osteoarthritis. Surgical stabilization is required in a large proportion of cases to avoid debilitating osteoarthritis and chronic pain.
At Highton Veterinary Clinic we do several surgical procedures including the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy), and DeAngelis (Lateral Suture) techniques.