"Everyone at this hospital is great. My dog had leg surgery and our original vet was talking about putting
him down. We were referred here and we were not disappointed. Our dog had
surgery, but after 8 weeks he is back
to running on all fours like nothing ever happened. You won't find a better
group of doctors or staff!! " Josh S….. Canoga Park, CA
Over the course of 30 years Dr. Goraya has taken a special interest in performing many different surgeries including different techniques to repair damage to canine knees. Dr. Goraya has performed over 10,000 knee surgeries during his career and his clients come from hundreds of miles away due to his expertise and compassionate care.
Surgery Types: TPLO, TTA, External Scapular Repair, Wedge Resection
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Cranial Cruciate Ligament
The most common knee injury in the dog is rupture of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) which is similar to an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture in humans. This injury most frequently occurs in middle aged, overweight, medium to large breed dogs. This ligament frequently can suffer a partial tear (approximately 30% of the time), leading to slight instability of the knee. If this damage goes untreated, it most commonly leads to complete rupture and possibly damage to the medial meniscus of the knee. The meniscus acts as a cushion in the knee. Complete rupture results in front-to-back instability, commonly called Tibial Thrust, and internal rotation of the lower leg, commonly called Pivot Shift. Untreated legs usually become very arthritic and painful from the instability.
Facts about Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery:
- Approximately 50% of the dogs with cruciate ruptures will tear the cranial cruciate ligament on their other leg within 2 years of the first tear.
- Dogs with CCLR most often go to the veterinarian because of a sudden onset of non-weight bearing on a rear limb.
- Most of the time an animal owner will not see a reason for the sudden lameness.
- A definitive diagnosis is made when your veterinarian feels abnormal looseness in the affected knee.
- Surgery is recommended for all dogs weighing more than 30 pounds
- The two most common surgeries are tibial plateau leveling osteotomy and lateral fabellotibial suture.
- Greater than 90% of dogs improve with surgery.
- Activity restriction is required for 8-12 weeks following surgery.
2 Main types of knee surgery:
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy