Dog ACL Surgery

Knee injuries can be complicated to diagnose and to fix. Dog ACL surgeries are common and vary in degrees of seriousness. In general, it can be divided into two categories. 

1. Repairs which alter the conformation of the joint by cutting the dog’s bone and changing the joint angle. The main idea behind these types of repairs is that the knee joint is flawed in the absence of a functional cruciate ligament, and thus, the angle of the knee needs to be surgically changed to allow the dog to bear weight comfortably. 

2. Extracapsular techniques which use (but do not alter) the bony structures around the joint to place a suture/leader line to provide stability while the joint heals. In this case, the scar tissue and other deposits created in the joint will provide stability when the suture eventually breaks.


Dog Knee ACL Surgery Options Include:

  • TPLO Surgery (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy)
  • TTA Surgery (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement)
  • TTO Surgery (Triple Tibial Osteotomy)
  • Traditional Cruciate Repair
  • Lateral Suture Stabilization (LSS)
  • Tightrope
  • Simitri Stable in Stride


Dog ACL Surgery Recovery:

Your dog’s recovery from cruciate surgery is a long journey. Your pet has to be monitored and confined for approximately three months following a knee ligament surgery. While outside, you should accompany your dog for bathroom breaks, and they should always be controlled on a leash. Under the recommendation of your veterinarian and judging by how well your dog is recovering, you may increase the length of walks during the recovery period.  

Depending on the type of surgery done, and if there was bone cutting involved, post-operative X-rays will be taken at about 6 to 8 weeks. If your dog is healing properly, these radiographs will show that the bone has healed at the surgical site.
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