• Combined patella luxation and cruciate ligament rupture

On the pre-op xray, the femur (thigh bone) could be seen to be shifted caudally (backwards) with respect to the tibia (shin bone) because of the cruciate ligament instability.

The patella was addressed with the standard tibial crest translocation, stabilised with two pins and a tension wire. This covered in another article on this web site. The cruciate ligament instability was addressed with the placement of a permanent suture (that doesn’t show on the xray), secured with a crimp (which does show up as the diagonal rectangle of metal).

Two months later, the owner reported no lameness – result!

3rd February 2017