CCL injuries

CCL Tears TightRope Repair: My Two Cents on the TightRope® CCL Fixation System

CCL Tears TightRope Repair: My Two Cents on the TightRope® CCL Fixation System

The TightRope fixation technique is an update on the traditional suture repair. The modifications were to address concerns about safety, effectiveness, and availability of the surgical CCL repairs available at the time. The TightRope fixation differs from the traditional suture stabilization in the following ways: stronger material bone anchors TightRope versus extracapsular repair Extracapsular repair The traditional suture repair achieves…

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CCL Injuries Extracapsular Repair: My Two Cents on the Lateral Suture Stabilization or LSS in Dogs

CCL Injuries Extracapsular Repair: My Two Cents on the Lateral Suture Stabilization or LSS in Dogs

The extracapsular repair or LSS is the oldest surgical technique in use for the treatment of dog CCL tears. The procedure comes under several names. Along with the terms I already introduced, if your veterinarian refers to a traditional technique, or external capsular repair technique (ECLS), they are all the same thing. Different surgeons might use various modifications of the…

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Physical Therapy for Full CCL Tears

Physical Therapy for Full CCL Tears

After surgery, physical therapy for full CCL tears should begin upon removal of the sutures, at 10-14 days post-op. You should get instructions from the surgeon on what to do during those first two weeks.  Physical therapy for full CCL tears weeks 2-6 During weeks two through six, the dog should start to bear weight on the limb and take…

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