Your dog may be eligible for an Arthrex Vet Systems clinical trial. This randomized, double-blind study is an evaluation of the Arthrex Vet Knotless Anchor System for extra-articular Stifle Repair in dogs.
Similar to the ACL in humans, the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is an important stabilizing structure in the knees (stifles) of dogs and cats. The CCL normally sits within the knee and is instrumental in assisting with articulation between the bones of the knee joint. During normal function, the CCL prevents abnormal movement of the bones. Injury to the CCL is common in dogs and results in abnormal laxity within the joint. Loss of stability of the knee leads to damage of structures within the knee and irreversible osteoarthritis.
Some of the clinical signs your pet may display are:
• Altered limb function (no weight bearing or limping)
• Reluctance to bend the knee (may be seen while sitting)
• Stiffness, especially after exercise
• Not wanting to play or exercise
• Swelling of the joint
• Clicking sound when walking
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A number of assessment tools will be used to follow your dog’s recovery and function after surgery such as presence/absence of cranial drawer, progression of arthritis on x-rays, force-plate gait analysis, joint fluid biomarkers, and client surveys.
Enrollment is now open.
All procedures will be performed by board certified veterinary orthopaedic surgeons who are experienced in arthroscopy and stifle surgery.
The SwiveLock Knotless technique is a minimally invasive technique that uses prosthetic materials designed to mimic the function of the CCL. The materials that sit on the outside of the knee (extra-articular) are secured using a vented PEEK SwiveLock Suture Anchor at points biomechanically similar to the CCL. This incredibly strong prosthetic material has been used with great success in human joint stabilizing procedures and provides the temporary stabilization necessary for scar tissue formation and long-term joint stability and function.
Traditional Fabello-Tibial Suture
This procedure involves placement of monofilament nylon suture around the femorofabellar ligament and through a tunnel in the proximal tibia, followed by tensioning of the suture and securing the suture with a small, cylindrical, stainless steel tube known as a crimp.
Regardless of the stabilizing suture technique performed, the joint examination, cruciate ligament debridement and meniscal inspection and debridement will be performed arthroscopically.