Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

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.

TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy)

The TPLO is considered a gold standard technique for cruciate ligament repair. The procedure involves cutting and altering the orientation of the tibia bone, which provides dynamic stability to the knee joint. This is important as a stable knee joint slows the progression of arthritis and is much more comfortable to walk on.

The TPLO provides reliable and consistent outcomes, especially in larger (>15kg) dogs.

DeAngelis (Lateral Suture)

The DeAngelis technique involves placement of a prosthetic suture material, which is aligned to stabilize the joint and function as a replacement cruciate ligament.

The DeAngelis technique also slows the progression of arthritis and provides good results in smaller dogs (<15kg).

If your dog needs cruciate repair surgery, please feel free to discuss the procedures with Dr. Luke Ellis at the clinic. Call Highton Vet Clinic (03) 5243 0077 to make an appointment today.

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