What is a CCL injury?
The most common knee injury among dogs is a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). In humans, this ligament is referred to as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Although dogs of all ages and sizes can rupture the CCL, our most common patients are middle-aged or older, and often obese. Larger breeds are also more prone to CCL injuries, although they can happen to dogs of any size. When a dog ruptures their CCL, the knee joint becomes unstable and painful, which leads to limping. If you suspect your dog is suffering from a CCL rupture, it is important to receive treatment as early as possible. Delaying treatment can lead to further joint damage including meniscal tears, worsening arthritis and pain, and a similar injury in the other leg due to overuse.
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Here’s a short and very informative video on CCL surgery and the anatomy of a dog’s knee:
What can be done about a CCL injury?
Cranial cruciate ligament ruptures are typically repaired one of three ways: Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and Extracapsular Repair with Lateral Fabellar Suture. These procedures offer different solutions for the same underlying problem, and there are pros and cons to each surgery. Oftentimes, the best procedure for any given dog is dependent on the patient’s size, activity levels, and bone structure. Our veterinarians will work with you to develop the treatment plan that’s best for your dog and provide you with all the information and support you need—from the presurgical consult to the post op recovery.
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