The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is one of the main stabilising structures of the stifle joint (knee). CCL rupture (torn knee ligament) is the most common orthopaedic conditions in dogs which causes hind limb pain, lameness and subsequent arthritis
extracapsular suture repair is the most common orthopaedic procedure performed for small dogs (below 20kg) with CCL disease.
Post-operative care at home is critical. Premature or excessive activities must be prevented. Physical rehabilitation (such as range-of-motion exercises and massage) and weight control would also help to speed up recovery and improve the outcome of surgery.
For larger or more active dogs, other surgical techniques like cranial tibial wedge osteotomy has better outcome. Read about 50kg Dandelion’s surgery here.