When Is Dog Knee Surgery Needed?
- Your dog may need surgery on its knee after injury, as a result of a degenerative disease, or as a result of other health issues (notably being overweight). The conditions of the knee best treated with surgery include:
- Torn or injured ligaments (Dog Cruciate Ligament Rupture)
- Torn or injured cartilage pads (Torn Meniscus)
- Knee cap out of position (Patellar Luxation)
- Knee fractures (Stifle Joint Fractures)
- Surgery is best performed before arthritis sets into the joint.
Complications of Surgery
Infection in the joint or around the implants
Implant failure. The plates or nylon bands can break with too much activity.
Meniscal tears. Meniscii are cartilage pads that cushion the knee. They can tear soon after surgery or may not have been treated properly at surgery. They will be just as lame with a meniscal tear as they are with a cruciate ligament problem.
Sore backs. All things are connected. It is common for people to throw their back out after knee surgery, same for dogs
Trigger points. These are painful muscle knots and can exist before surgery. They may not go away just because the knee is now fixed and can cause persistent lameness.
Combatting These Complications
Physical Therapy – A Growing Trend
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