Patella Luxation and Torn ACL are two common knee injuries that can affect dogs. Patella Luxation is a condition in which the knee cap (patella) moves out of its normal position, while Torn ACL refers to a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee joint. Both of these conditions can cause pain, instability, and difficulty walking.
Patella Luxation Surgery:
If your dog is diagnosed with Patella Luxation, surgery may be recommended to correct the problem. The surgery involves repositioning the knee cap and realigning the surrounding structures to prevent the patella from slipping out of place again. The goal of the surgery is to improve joint stability, relieve pain, and restore normal range of motion. After the surgery, your dog will need to rest and limit activity to allow for proper healing.
Torn ACL Surgery:
Torn ACL is a more serious injury that requires surgical intervention. The surgery involves repairing or replacing the damaged ligament to stabilize the joint and reduce pain. There are several different surgical techniques that may be used to repair a torn ACL, including TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy), TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement), and extracapsular repair. Your veterinarian will determine which technique is best for your dog based on their individual needs and the extent of the injury. After the surgery, your dog will need to rest and limit activity for several weeks to allow for proper healing.
Both Patella Luxation and Torn ACL surgeries are generally considered safe and effective procedures. However, as with any surgery, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, and complications related to anesthesia. It is important to follow your veterinarian’s post-operative care instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.
In addition to surgery, your veterinarian may also recommend physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises to help your dog regain strength, mobility, and range of motion in the affected leg. These exercises may include range-of-motion exercises, stretching, and strength training.
If you suspect that your dog may have a knee injury, it is important to seek veterinary care promptly. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent further damage and improve your dog’s prognosis.
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