ligament rupture is one of the most frequent orthopedic operations that are performed at the
Veterinary Clinic Stuttgart. The symptoms appear already
at a young age.
In humans the cruciate ligament rupture is almost always an acute injury. The situation is different for our dogs. Here, the anatomy of the knee joint is such that the cruciate ligament is permanently under tension caused by the sloping plateau of the lower leg. Therefore the ligament is prone to injuries. In the majority of cases, there is a chronic inflammation in the knee joint, which consequently leads to the ligament rupture.
reason, the treatment approach is completely different.
After the arthroscopy,
during which the remaining ligament and the changed meniscus parts are
removed, the transmission of force in the knee joint must be changed so that
the femur condyle on the sloping plateau of the lower leg does not slip back
ligament is no longer required for the stabilization of the joint.
be achieved by leveling the plateau of the lower leg (TPLO), or
alternatively by relocating the lower leverage point of the
patellar ligament forward (TTA).
Depending on the
anatomy of the knee joint, we decide which technique is better for the patient
Therefore, the results
are better than using other surgical techniques; arthrosis is
The operations are performed on an outpatient basis; the patients can return home in the afternoon.