Question by  Matt62 (36)

What is involved with dog cruciate surgery?

My vet has suggested that we have cruciate surgery for my dog, yet he did not take the time to explain the procedure.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Call your veterinarian. Explain that you were a bit overwhelmed with the news and you would appreciate it if he could explain the procedure. That's his job.


Answer by  lpfirman (403)

Your vet should find the time to explain this to you as there all surgury carries risks and should be carfully considered. They will be reattaching the cruciate ligament.


Answer by  Ashley68 (404)

Cruciate surgery involves repairing or restoring a dog's torn or injured ACL. This type of surgery is needed when the dog has torn a ligament in his/her leg. Your doctor will probably do x-rays before conducting the surgery. Good luck!


Answer by  Euripides (174)

There are a few different corrective surgeries. Some involve ligament transplantation, implanting a synthetic ligament, implanting a stainless steel wire to replace the function of the damaged ligament, and one called TPLO that actually changes the anatomy of the knee joint so that the ligament is unnecessary. The American Veterinary Association says these surgeries are 85 - 95% successful.

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