Work completed at the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
Ability of the Tightrope® and Percutaneous Lateral Fabellar Suture Techniques to Control Cranial Tibial Translation
Article first published online: 16 JAN 2014
© Copyright 2014 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 43, Issue 8, pages 959–965, November 2014
How to Cite
Biskup, J. J., Griffon, D. J., Socie, M., Schaeffer, D. J. and Kurath, P. (2014), Ability of the Tightrope® and Percutaneous Lateral Fabellar Suture Techniques to Control Cranial Tibial Translation. Veterinary Surgery, 43: 959–965. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12111.x
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2014
- Article first published online: 16 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 27 JAN 2013
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To compare the ability of the Tightrope® (TR) cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) technique, percutaneous lateral fabella suture (pLFS) technique, and normal CCL to control cranial tibial translation (CTT).
In vitro biomechanical study.
Cadaveric canine pelvic limbs (n = 18 pairs).
Six small animal surgical residents (1 pair each) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (10 pairs) performed TR and pLFS techniques on paired limbs. Two intact limb pairs served as controls. Limbs were assessed by palpation, radiographs, and dissection before mechanical testing of resistance to CTT. Forces resisted during displacement were compared between groups with a mixed ANOVA and post hoc tests.
With 5 mm of displacement, the pLFS resisted 72 ± 45 N and the TR resisted 66 ± 48 N of load. The intact CCL resisted 400 ± 35 N. The intact CCL resisted displacement significantly more than either surgical technique.
TR and pLFS had similar ability to resist CTT but neither restored the biomechanical properties of an intact CCL.