South Coast Veterinary Hospital - Laguna Niguel

30001 Town Center Dr. Suite 5
Laguan Niguel, CA 92677

(949)249-7777

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Normal Joint

The normal joint, viewed from the side, shows the upper bone, the femur and the lower bone, the tibia. The Tibial Plateau is the actual point of contact between the femur and the tibia. Inf this diagram the Patellar Tendon is clearly visible.  It is this structure that must offset the abnormal forces that are created with a rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament.


Stifle Model 1 

Typical Joint Angle

In the typical joint, the angle formed between the Tibial Plateau and the Patellar Tendon is about 115 degrees when the leg is in a normal standing position.


Stifle Model 2 

Corrected Angle

The abnormal motion that occurs in a knee with a torn cruciate ligament is called Tibial Thrust.  After the TTA Surgery, the corrected angle is now 90 degrees, which will offset the forces in the knee that tend to make it unstable. 


Stifle Model 3

Surgical Appearance

This diagram shows the knee once it has been stabilized with the appropriate Titanium implants. These implants are very lightweight and are designed to stay in permanently.

Stifle Model 4