Cruciate ligament repair
The cruciate ligaments are located in the knee joint. Excessive stress and weakness of the tissue sometimes cause the ligaments to get over stretched or torn. This happens in mid aged to older larger dogs, but it can happen in all species, breeds and age groups. The typical symptoms of an injured cruciate ligament is sudden lameness on one hind leg and they are often so severe dogs don’t put the paw to the ground.
The patellar luxation is a common condition in smaller dog breeds; however it can occur also in larger breeds and in cats. The knee cap (patella) slides out (luxates) of the physiological groove in which it normally rides. This causes intermittent lameness and eventually arthritis. A corrective surgery is sometimes required.
We offer orthopedic services by a traveling Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Maura G. O’Brien DVM, DACVS. Dr. O’Brien is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons(Board Certification – 1993). Please call our clinic at 262-473-5800 for more information on scheduling an appointment with Dr. O’Brien. To learn more click the following link.