Torn Cruciate (ACL)
Does your dog have
a torn ACL?
Call us today at 419-841-4745
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.
Have you been referred? Please bring the following at the time of your consultation:
Any recent radiographs or blood work from your family veterinarian
Any current medications your pet is taking
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. It occurs 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.
There are three main and effective methods to provide stability to the canine knee. A Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) , a Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) or a lateral suture/imbrications (LSS).