Cruciate ligament repair - Eddie's story

cruciate ligament repair TTA

At our central Severn Edge hospital in Bridgnorth we carry out many complex surgeries and procedures on a daily basis. We would like to introduce Eddie and tell you about his story.

Eddie became lame and was referred to us after having being diagnosed by his usual vets with a ruptured cruciate ligament. The cruciate ligament is like a strong elastic band of tissue within the knee that helps to stabilise the joint. You can find out more about the role of the cruciate ligament and what happens when it ruptures on our blog.

We performed a surgery called a Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) on Eddie. This surgery involves carefully measuring, cutting and refixing the tibial crest (lower part of the knee) using titanium implants to re-configure how the knee works without having to rely on the cruciate ligament. The surgery took about an hour and a half and afterwards a second x-ray was taken to check that the metal work was in the correct place and the procedure was a success (Fig 1.) 

Eddie was then woken up and monitored closely by our nurses throughout his recovery. Depending on the patient, they often will stay with us in our hospital overnight and are cared for by our fabulous MiNightVet team so that they can provide post-operative pain relief, care and cuddles.

Fig 1 - The titanium implants

Fig 2 - Recuperating at home

Once Eddie was discharged from the hospital the hard work didn’t stop there; Eddie’s owners had their work cut out for them as patients that have undergone orthopaedic operations will require careful rest and then restricted exercise for several weeks until their leg has completely healed (Fig 2). However, amazingly Eddie was starting to walk on his operated leg the very same day! We will also see them back for regular check-ups to keep an eye on their progress.

We hope that Eddie’s story will give you a bit more of an insight into the work that we carry out within Severn Edge and we wish Eddie and his family all the best of luck for a continued speedy recovery.

Kate Williamson RVN CC, Deputy Head Nurse

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