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Old 12-01-2008, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default "Tightrope procedure" for CCL..Video

Having had Chessie undergo both cruciate ligament surgery and meniscal surgery this year, this new "tightrope" procedure for cranial cruciate ligament surgery being performed at the University of Missouri caught my interest and I found the video interesting:

"Dr. Cook developed the tightrope procedure to fix cranial-cruciate-ligament, or CCL, deficiencies in dogs. It's a method adapted from human ankle surgeries.
"The reason it's so common is that it seems to be a degenerative process in dogs," Dr. Cook said.
The procedure involves cleaning up joint tissue and meniscus, protective cartilage at the knee joint, and stabilizing the knee ligament by inserting a "tightrope" into the leg through a small incision. Then, the veterinarian drills through leg bones and anchors the device to the bones.
"It really just replaces the function of that ligament by going through bone tunnels, and it's a really nice suture device that we can place with very small incisions," Dr. Cook said.
Dr. Cook says the procedure has less potential for serious complications and a quicker recovery time than traditional surgery that involves cutting a dog's bone."

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