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Patellar luxation in dogs Part 2: Treatment

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Written by Philip Witte BSc BVSc CertAVP(GSAS) DSAS(Orth) MRCVS
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Patellar luxation in dogs Part 2: Treatment

Surgical treatments for patellar luxation may be broadly categorised into those which reduce the ease with which the patella can exit the trochlear groove, and those which aim to realign the quadriceps mechanism. A number of techniques may be performed to increase the depth of the trochlear groove and implants have become available in recent years to increase the height of the trochlear ridges. Soft tissue release (medially) and imbrication (laterally) may be relied upon, only temporarily, to stabilise a luxating patella. Realignment of the quadriceps mechanism can be performed by moving the insertion of the musculo-tendinous unit (i.e. tibial tuberosity transposition) or anti-rotational suture placement. More advanced procedures to address femoral and tibial deformities may also be considered for certain cases.

All our Tutored Online CPD Courses are written and taught by an expert in the relevant field. The tutor for this course is:

Philip Witte BSc BVSc CertAVP(GSAS) DSAS(Orth) MRCVS