Cruciate Surgery at Benfleet Veterinary Surgery
Cruciate ligament injury is the most common cause of hind limb problems in dogs. The cruciate ligaments help to stabilise the knee and any damage to these ligaments can cause severe pain and discomfort to your pet. Walking becomes very painful as the thigh muscles waste away and if left untreated severe arthritis can set in.
Symptoms of a cruciate ligament injury
Signs of cruciate injury include acute sudden onset lameness, or it can be a slow realisation that the dog has developed a consistent lameness in a hind leg over some months or even a year.
When the cruciate ligament is ruptured, there are a number of signs to look for:
- Typical touching of the toe to the ground in the standing position
- Loss of power in the leg associated with an inability of the dog to jump or run or walk normally.
- Carrying the leg right off the ground
How doe we treat a cruciate ligament injury?
We routinely offer various cruciate surgery techniques including TTA surgery. The goal of this surgery is not to recreate or repair the ligament itself, but rather change the dynamics of the knee so that the ligament is no longer necessary for stabilizing the joint.
If you would like more information or to find out if cruciate surgery could be a suitable option for your pet, speak to us today and we’ll be happy to help.