Has your dog suddenly started limping on one of his hind legs? There are many different reasons for a dog to limp, and knee injuries are one of them. One of the most common knee problems seen in dogs is a cruciate ligament injury. Of course, your veterinarian is the only one who can determine the actual cause of your dog's lameness.
The cruciate ligament is the main part of the canine knee. Cruciform injuries are one of the most common orthopedic complications in dogs. A cracked cruciform is usually a painful and fixed injury. While not a serious or life-threatening problem, it still must be addressed for your dog's sake.
Causes of Cruciate Ligament Injuries:
A cruciate ligament injury can occur in dogs for several reasons. In some cases, this is simply the result of sports injuries in healthy dogs. It could even mean landing a "wrong" while running or jumping. Overweight or obese dogs are more susceptible to this type of injury because they carry more weight and often have weaker joints. Additionally, some dog breed types are prone to cruciate ligament injuries.
Cross Surgery TPLO Plate:
An increasingly popular surgical option is called a tibial plateau correction osteotomy. This is a much more complicated procedure than the traditional extracapsular approach and must be performed by a specially trained veterinarian, especially a board-certified surgeon.
TPLO changes the mechanism of the knee joint so that it can function normally without the cruciate ligaments. Make the incision at the top of the tibia.
Then, rotate the tibial plateau to change the angle and fix the metal plate to hold the bone in place. After a few months, the bone healed into its new location.
Partial improvement can be seen within a few days; however, full recovery will take several months, so cage rest is essential. In general, the long-term prognosis is very good, and re-injury is uncommon. The board does not need to be removed unless problems arise later.