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Mila's Mum

Tightrope Surgery For Cruciate Repair

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Has anyone had tightrope surgery performed on their dog for cruciate repair? If yes, what was the outcome? Does anyone know of any vets who perform this surgery in the Brisbane (or greater) area?

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Justyn   

Hi, did you find any information on tightrope surgery. Im also looking in to it for my furry friend.

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Boronia   

I am unsure if this is what Penny got, I think it was as it was pretty non-invasive. They pull the knee apart and scrape out any arthritis that is there (though Penny didn't have any arthritis), then they put in a false ligament. It cost just over $900 but is more if time is taken for the arthritis-scraping.

Kevin at Koala Park Vets (535 Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd) did it.

I may be an idea to phone them and ask if they do the tightrope surgery

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Rappie   

A colleague that I used to work with performed the tightrope procedure in large dogs. It is considered to be an extracapsular repair (so in the same category as the traditional DeAngelis repair) rather than a more invasive plateau leveling procedures like the TPLO / TTO / TTA / TWO etc. The recovery time is similar as for other extracapsular repairs as are the risk profiles. It is less involved than the leveling procedure (which involve cutting bones and using implants) but may not be the best option for all dogs.

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