A common "sports" injury in a human knee is even more common in dogs. Each year more than one million dogs suffer from cranial cruciate ligament deficiency (CCL) which is comparable to the anterior cruciate ligament in humans (ACL).
Just as in the human knee, the most critical stabilizing structure in the canine knee is the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). The primary function of the CCL is to prevent forward thrusting motion and inward rotation of the tibia during weight bearing and to prevent hyper-extension of the knee.
When the CCL is ruptured or partially torn, this thrusting and rotation while bearing weight results in a unstable painful knee, and degenerative arthritic changes in the knee joint.
The newest procedure for repairing a ruptured CCL by ligament replacement is the Tightrope Ligament technique. This procedure has been proven in over 3000 knees and had been shown to be highly effective.
The Tightrope CCL technique is minimally invasive, and more cost effective in comparsion to the TPLO and TTA procedures. The Tightrope Ligament procedure mimics the natural cruciate ligament functions, perhaps better than any other procedure developed to date. It is an ultra-high strength, flat, smooth, braided, ribbon-like ligament with a braided jacket of polyester giving it unsurpassed strength, virtually eliminating ligament breakage. The ligament provides an ultimate load of 225 lbs, approximately three times the strength of #80 nylon ligaments currently in use for CCL replacement and equivalent to the strength of the normal ligament.
This procedure provides the patient an excellent option when a less invasive, less radical and more cost effective procedure is desired by the pet owner.
Dr. Larry Bender has had 13 years experience in CCL surgeries, and has been using the Tightrope technique since 2012.