Orthopedic Surgery

Torn ACL (CCL)

If your dog has been diagnosed with a torn or ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament (commonly referred to as an ACL injury), please call us to schedule a consultation to determine if your pet is a good candidate for the Tightrope CCL Repair.

For more in-depth information on this technique, please read below.

Tightrope® CCL Repair

The Tightrope CCL Repair  procedure is performed at Broadmoor East Veterinary Clinic by Dr. Michael Driscoll and Dr. Sara Oedekoven.  Broadmoor East is one of  few animal hospitals in Wyoming to perform knee surgery on dogs using this procedure in-house, versus sending patients out of state for knee injury repairs.

Dr. Driscoll has been performing cruciate ligament repairs for over 20 years and is very impressed with the procedure and the results of the Tightrope® CCL repair technique. A better alternative for ACL injuries, this innovative technique was developed to provide a minimally invasive method for extracapsular stabilization of the cranial cruciate ligament-deficient canine stifle. Because of the nature of these injuries, and their degenerative process over time, the Tightrope®CCL repair focuses on a technique used in human ankle joints using bone to bone fixation. This procedure is substantially less invasive than other canine knee injury repair surgeries, such as TTA and TPLO because they involve cutting and re-positioning of bone. The Tightrope®CCL is also easier to perform than these other procedures,making the risk for complications and infection substantially lower.

The Tightrope training was developed in conjunction with James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS Director, Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory, University of Missouri and Arthrex® Vet Systems.

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