Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA SURGERY)
The most common knee injury in a dog is rupture of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL), also frequently referred to as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). This ligament frequently can suffer a partial tear, leading to slight instability of the knee. If this damage goes untreated, it most commonly leads to complete rupture and possibly damage to the medial meniscus of the knee. The meniscus acts as a cushion in the knee. Untreated legs usually become very arthritic and painful from the instability. Dr. Song has performed both TTA and TPLO surgeries referred over the years. The TTA surgery allows for a more rapid initial recovery than TPLO in most dogs, as it is less invasive, and can have complications. However typically they are not as devastating versus those occasionally seen with the TPLO. Dr. Song will help you which surgery technique is more suitable for your pet's knee based on the conformation/shape of the tibia and femur and other factors that may influence the outcome of the post-op surgery.
1. TTA Pictures "Click here"
2. Commonly Asked Questions for TTA Surgery "Click here"
3. TPLO surgery and Commonly Asked Asked Questions for TPLO Surgery "Click here"