Torn Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery in Dogs
West Suburban's Dr. Gary Thompson is a Board Certified Specialist in Canine and Feline Practice whose areas of professional interest include orthopedics and minimally-invasive surgery. Dr. Thompson is the only veterinarian in the Toledo area performing three procedures that are designed to help dogs with cruciate injuries of the knee: Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), CORA-based Leveling Osteotomy (CBLO)and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA). He has performed thousands of these surgeries on dogs of all sizes and on a wide range of ages and conditions, including on dozens of area veterinarians' dogs.
A ruptured ligament in the knee, called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans or cranial cruciate ligament (CrCl) in dogs is one of the most common orthopedic problems that our furry family members can encounter.
What does a Torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CrCl) mean?
The Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CrCl or ACL) is the main ligament stabilizing the knee joint. It connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and prevents the lower leg from sliding forward. Tearing of the ligament can occur in young and old dogs alike and short term is a very painful injury that if untreated leads to severe arthritic changes in the knee.
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