What are the treatment options for my dog’s torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL)?

Question: 

What are the treatment options for my dog’s torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL)?

Answer: 

There are medical surgical options. Medical management consists of strict exercise restrictions for 4-8 weeks, anti-inflammatories and additional pain medication as needed, joint support with omega 3’s and glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and weight loss if needed. There are well over 2-3 dozen surgeries that have been developed to treat this disease. There are 2 categories: 1) those that attempt to mimic or reconstruct the ligament and 2) those that alter the biomechanics of the joint to provide stability without directly mimicking the ligament or its function. The most commonly performed surgeries of each group are the 1) Lateral Fabella Suture and Tight Rope and 2) Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA).

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