What is Tibial Tuberosity Advancement?
With Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery, we can treat a cranial cruciate ligament rupture in the stifle (knee joints) of dogs.
This surgical procedure involves cutting the top of the shin bone, moving it forward, and stabilizing it in its new position.
When we perform TTA surgery, our goal is to make the knee more stable for the dog when it needs to bear weight, without directly repairing the ligament.
Is my dog a candidate for TTA?
We only recommend TTA when the benefits of surgery outweigh the possible risks for a dog, and in cases where alternative, less invasive treatment methods have proven unsuccessful. It is most often performed on medium and large breed dogs.
Dogs with a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament that experience lameness and instability in the stifle joint are candidates for TTA surgery. Young dogs and/or those that have ruptured both of their ligaments are particularly good candidates.
What are TTA's benefits?
TTA is a popular choice for cranial cruciate ligament injuries because it allows dogs to recover very rapidly.
The strength and stability of the implant means that they can use their legs very soon after the operation.
Dogs tend to feel much better and return to normal exercise and activity in a very short period of time after the procedure.
This also means your dog will experience a much shorter duration for post-operative care and physiotherapy.