Includes pre- and post-operative radiographs, epidural, medications, and follow-up radiographs at 4 and 8 weeks.
This dog (above) has a torn cruciate ligament in his right leg and is shown sitting directly on the affected leg which is how some dogs will show the injury. Other times, the patient will “kick” the affected leg out to the side when sitting.
Injury to the cranial cruciate ligament, equivalent to the ACL in humans, is among the most common orthopedic injuries that affect dogs. Dr. Britton Bradberry uses his extensive surgery experience to provide top-of-the-line care for your injured pet. His cruciate surgery includes entering the knee joint itself, allowing for full visualization and cleaning of the torn ligament, and allows him to address any meniscal damage, which commonly occurs with cruciate injury.
Dr. Bradberry takes thorough pre-operative x-rays, uses an anesthesia technique and protocol used by Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and uses multi-modal pain management, including an epidural to decrease your pet’s discomfort post-operatively. Dr. Bradberry also develops a detailed physical rehabilitation program tailored to your pet’s individual needs, and we begin rehab before the patient even wakes up from surgery.
TTA-2 involves an incomplete osteotomy of the non-weight bearing portion of the tibia. The patellar ligament is aligned perpendicular to the common tangent of the femorotibial joint, eliminating cranial tibial thrust. This alignment takes the load off the ruptured ligament even in full extension and results in a stable joint.
In contrast, the formerly preferred technique, the TPLO, increases joint forces while TTA decreases joint forces, allowing for decreased inflammation and preservation of surrounding soft tissues.
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We also offer the Securos extracapsular system of stabilization for those injured knees that do not require such an advanced technique (usually dogs under 40 lbs.) Dr. Bradberry is the best in the area at performing this older, but still very effective technique.
These are some of the reasons why Dr. Bradberry is able to successfully treat so many patients with orthopedic problems. If your pet is in need of an orthopedic consult, don’t settle for anyone else.