By far, the most common orthopedic injuries in dogs are a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
This happens when a stability ligament in the knee tears. This ligament is what keeps the shin bone (tibia) lined up with the thigh bone (femur). When it tears, the shin bone becomes unstable and moves back and forth under the thigh bone.
The traditional repair ultimately includes stabilization of the knee with a false ligament on the outside of the knee joint. This is called a lateral suture repair. This procedure works quite well; especially in dogs that weight less than 60 lbs. However, for larger dogs, TTA surgery is a better option.
A TTA is a tibial tuberosity advancement surgery. This surgery better stabilizes the knee by changing the angle of the force in the knee as it rotates through its full range of motion.
It moves the bone that forms the upper crest of the shin bone forward. You can feel this bone. It is right under your knee. It is the pointy bone on the top forward part of your shin bone.
Extraordinary success has been achieved with this surgery and allows our dogs to continue to be the athletes they were born to be.
If you are interested in learning further details about TTA surgery, you can easily find more information by doing an internet search on “TTA” or by calling the office to discuss this option with one of our veterinarians.
Dr. Jeffrey Hubsher, DVM