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Tibial Tuberosity Advancement
An injured Cruciate ligament in a dog is comparable to an ACL rupture in a human. This can only be fixed with corrective surgery. The TTA surgery is the best fix for most dogs undergoing any sort of strain or rupture of this fragile ligament. The TTA procedure changes the angle of the Patellar Tendon by advancing the tibial tuberosity. A titanium plate and spacer is placed within an incision of the tibia which will permanently change the angle of them tendon.
Normal angle of the knee is 115 degrees between that of the tibial plateau and patellar tendon. If the cruciate ligament is ruptured the angle is then decreased to 90 degrees making the knee joint unstable while walking and weight bearing.
If your pet is unstable while standing, this will cause lameness and muscle atrophy of the limb. Large breed and over weight pets are at a higher risk even under the best conditions. Regular activity and physical strengthening of the limbs are good measures to take in order to decrease your pet's risk of injury.
Schedule your consultation today if you fear your pet is in jeopardy of having a ruptured cruciate ligament or is already showing signs of rear limb lameness.
Call 606-780-7387 or click the link below to schedule your appointment online.