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Cranial cruciate ligament failure is the most common Orthopedic Problem in dogs. The ligament fails because of a degenerative process. The ligament helps to stabilize the knee joint whilst allowing it to flex and extend. When the ligament ruptures or partially tears it causes pain and instability of the knee joint. The instability also makes the knee more prone to develop a tear in the meniscus cartilage.

There are many ways of dealing with this problem but most commonly surgical treatment is recommended. One surgical option we offer here at Vets on Waiheke is called the Modified Marquet Technique, (MMP) This technique advances the position of part of the tibia. This gives the effect of modifying the forces on the knee joint to neutralize the instability caused by the ligament rupture. All dogs go home on a course of pain relief and will be rechecked 5 days after the surgery and 10 days later to remove the sutures. Most dogs will be fine and back at full function 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery. We are extremely proud to be able to provide a service of this high standard to the island and as always the welfare and well-being of the animal is on top of the list.


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