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Modified Maquet Procedure (TTA/MMP) – TTA/MMP is similar to the tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) or tibial plateau osteotomy (TPLO). The operation works by redirecting the force generated by the large quadriceps muscles to compensate for the failed cruciate ligament. This is achieved by cutting free and moving forward the part of the tibia (the tibial tuberosity) attached to the quadriceps muscle. The bone cut is called an osteotomy and the osteotomy is stabilized using a modern orthopedic implant material called Orthofoam. The porous titanium Orthofoam promotes remarkably rapid bone ingrowth and healing and this is key to the reduced convalescence and minimal pain seen with MMP surgery. Successful recovery after knee surgery, no matter which procedure has been used, requires a period of controlled activity. Compared to other procedures/MMP causes less discomfort and while a comfortable, pain-free patient is obviously a good thing, many dogs are tempted to use the operated leg too much, too soon. Most dogs will be capable of full, unrestricted athletic activity within 12 weeks of their TTA/MMP operation. Some residual low-grade stiffness and lameness may still be seen at twelve weeks but this will resolve completely over the subsequent month or two as the patient regains full fitness and the osteotomy completes its healing process.

Ridgestop Procedure for Luxating Patella – The Ridgestop Procedure is a surgery to fix a condition called patella luxation (also known as “floating kneecap”). The aim of this surgery is to make sure the patella slides up and down within its groove, without slipping to one side or the other, causing discomfort and lameness. This surgery works by applying a special implant (a prosthetic ridge called RidgeStop™) using screws onto the side of the groove where the kneecap was dislocating, thereby creating a barrier which prevents this from occurring. The surgery involves opening the knee joint space, examining the joint, and fixing the implant (made of an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) to the bone using 2 or 3 screws. Unlike other procedures for this condition where the joint surface had to be cut, this is a much less traumatic procedure, as well as being more effective. As no bones are cut, there is no risk of fracture and therefore no need to restrict exercise after surgery – it is actually encouraged. However, it is important to take into account that there is still some pain and discomfort after surgery, so a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller should be used for a period of 4-6 weeks after surgery.

String of Pearls (SOP) – Plating System for Bone Fractures – The SOP was designed to serve as a locking plate system for the veterinary bone fractures. As with all locking plate systems, the SOP can be thought of mechanically as an internal/external fixator. The SOP consists of a series of cylindrical sections (’internodes’) and spherical components (’pearls’).

Additional Orthopedic Services Offered:

  • Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Limb Amputations
  • Tightrope – extracapsular repair for Torn Cruciate Ligaments
  • Artificial Ligament Reconstruction
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • PRP – Platelet Rich Therapy

If you are considering orthopedic surgery, please contact your Red Hills Veterinary Hospital veterinarian to schedule an introductory consultation.

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