Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery – Triple Tibial Osteotomy (TTO)
Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery Triple Tibial Osteotomy (TTO)
One of the common causes of a lame dog, just as in humans, is a cruciate ligament injury. Sydney Animal Hospitals uses the most advanced techniques for all surgeries. For larger or more active dogs we recommend a procedure known as a Triple Tibial Osteotomy or TTO.
An operation to stablise the joint and make the failed ligament obsolete
See the video below for a fuller explanation of treatment for a cruciate ligament repair from Dr. Sam Haynes of Sydney Animal Hospitals.
Pre-operative patient assessment
Every patient is assessed for the degree of lameness, overall alignment of the limb, stifle range of movement, as well as the degree of stability within the joint.
This includes taking radiographs (shown below) from which a number of important calculations are made to determine how the operation should proceed.
See video for a more detailed explanation of pre-operative patient assessment.
The Triple Tibial Osteotomy operation
Your pet is anesthetised and analgesics (pain killers) are administered to ensure he or she suffers no discomfort during the complex operation and post-operative recovery period.
Your dog will stay in hospital overnight and receive continuing pain relief during this period. The next morning your pet will be assessed and plans will be made for them to go home with a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory pain medications.
Post-operative analysis for cruciate ligament repair
Post-operative X-rays are taken following the operation to check the plate position and correction angles with calculations being made to ensure that a good result has been achieved.
To discuss why your dog may be experiencing lameness, please call one of our friendly Vets at your local Sydney Animal Hospitals on;