Willits Veterinary Hospital is now proud to offer the Arthrex Tight Rope extracapsular technique for repair of the canine knee following rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament. Stabilizing the canine knee following partial or complete rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament is the most commonly indicated orthopedic procedure performed on the canine hindlimb. The instability that results from rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament causes arthritis, results in meniscal injuries and diminished mobility. Unlike older extracapsular approaches to knee stabilization, the Tight Rope implants utilize rigid bone to bone fixation and fixed isometric points in order to maximize joint stability and range of motion. The Tight Rope implant is 2.5X stronger than older nylon implants and provides superior abrasion and stretch resistance. During your consultation, Dr. Kuck will discuss all of your surgical options including referral to a surgical facility for one of many other techniques used to repair the canine knee. All candidates for knee surgery should be taken on a case by case basis and an appropriate treatment selected by you and your veterinarian.
Following your pet’s included post-operative CT exam to confirm proper implant placement recovery from your dog’s knee surgery involves approximately 12 weeks of rehabilitation. Complete rehabilitation information is provided at the time of discharge and all of the follow-up care can be provided by the staff at Willits Vet. Complication rates associated with the LigaFiba procedure are comparable to other knee surgery techniques and the advantages include lower cost, less invasive and greater convenience. Clinical outcomes from LigaFiba implant surgery are similar to TPLO in 6 month retrospective studies. Contact Willits Vet today for more information regarding the LigaFiba procedure or any other surgical services provided at our facility.