Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
What is an ACL 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). It can be a bit confusing as the terms ‘ACL’ and ‘CCL’ are often used interchangeably in the veterinary field—just remember that they refer to the same ligament in your dog. Dogs of all ages and sizes can rupture their CCL, but the most common patients are middle-aged or older, and often obese. Larger breeds are more prone to CCL injuries, but it can happen to dogs of any size.
When a dog ruptures their CCL, the knee joint becomes unstable and painful, which causes the dog to limp. If you suspect your dog is suffering from a CCL rupture, it’s vital 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. The sooner a CCL tear is properly addressed, the better the outcome will be for healing.
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What can be done about an ACL injury?
There are several different procedures that have been developed over the years to surgically repair an ACL injury. At Buffalo Veterinary Clinic, we offer Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery. If your pup needs ACL surgery, our veterinarians will work with you to develop a 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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