Cranial cruciate ligament tears are commonly equated to ACL tears in humans. Commonly occurring in young and middle-aged large breed dogs, surgical intervention is often needed to return the pet to normal function. The knee is a joint held together by a series of ligaments, the strongest being the cranial cruciate ligament located inside the knee joint. The cranial cruciate ligament is responsible for maintaining stability of the joint and preventing backward sliding of the femur on the tibia. Constant stress paced on the knee joint eventually leads to complete are partial tearing of the ligament thus leading to sudden debilitating lameness, intermittent limping, or mild limping or stiffness that progressively becomes worse. There are multiple procedures that are available to treat this injury and at Groves Veterinary Clinic we make recommendations on a case by case basis.
Dr. Groves has successfully performed many cranial cruciate ligament repairs including; tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) and lateral suture/extracapsular stabilization. His recommendations are based on the following criteria: medical history, age, weight, breed, activity level of the patient and anatomy of the knee.