The newest surgical technique to repair torn cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs is the tightrope procedure. Tightrope CCL is an extracapsular technique which uses lateral suture stabilization in conjunction with a virtually indestructible material called FiberTape for knee joint stabilization. The Fiber Tape is placed in the dog’s knee through a few small incisions, mostly done arthroscopically, which create tunnels through the bone, and is considered to be one of the least invasive surgical approaches to canine cruciate injury repair.
Unfortunately, not every dog is a good candidate for the tightrope procedure. Below you will find some general criteria that excludes certain dogs from tightrope surgery. Remember – This list is in no way conclusive or exhaustive, your veterinarian will take into consideration many factors including your dog’s age, weight, health history, onset of injury, and physical conformation when making a treatment recommendation for your pet.
Who is not a Candidate for Tightrope CCL Repair?
1) Dogs weighing less than 30-40 pounds.
2) Dogs (and people) that cannot follow a physical rehabilitation protocol after surgery.
3) Canines with limb deformities of any kind.
4) Dogs with a steep tibial plateau, usually an angle of more than 30 degrees.