It can be an amazing experience for a pet owner to watch their cat racing through their home, leaping from one piece of furniture to the next, or see their dog leap in the air to catch a Frisbee in the yard or the local dog park. In most cases, pets enjoy their play time just as much as their owners enjoy watching them, but over time all those acrobatics begin to take their toll on a pet’s body and the time comes when it’s not so fun anymore. It is important that pet owners pay attention to signs that their pets are in pain and the possibility that they may need medical attention beyond ordinary veterinary care, and may even require orthopedic surgery.
Just like humans your pets can tear their ACL this injury is mostly dominant in canines but the odd feline experiences this injury as well. It is important to know what your options are in regards to restoring this injury and giving your pet the best chance at getting their paws back underneath them. The 2 main surgeries that we recommend are TPLO or Orthozip surgeries. It’s very important to get regular check-ups as a torn ACL may be something your pet could be hiding as they are not always major but still need to be addressed.
There are various types of orthopedic surgery that may potentially help your pet depending on their injury. Some are designed to repair a fracture or heal a ligament or joint. They might also need hip or knee replacement, surgery for problems with their elbow or shoulder joints, or they may need to correct a disc herniation. Some of these options may be more invasive than others, but our vets are ready to discuss the possible procedures as well as recovery strategies to make the experience as easy to handle as possible.
An orthozip surgery is basically a man made tendon. After going in and removing the old tendon and any damaged meniscus two screws are drilled into the bone. One in the tibia and the other in the femur both near the kneecap area. A very strong wire is looped around the 2 screws which when complete acts like a brand new tendon. With Just one incision needed to do this procedure recovery time is much faster than other methods.
TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) If your like me you don’t care how to pronounce it, you just want your pet feeling better. Although more invasive this procedure is considered the stronger of the 2 ACL repairs. The doctor opens up the knee area, cleans and removes the damaged ACL and tissue. Cuts the bone and rotates it to a position when the femur can bear all its weight on the tibia bone and a plate and screws are set. Since bones heal differently than muscle no scar tissue forms and the bone heals tremendously allowing your pet to get his paws back underneath him in no time.