Tendon and Ligament Injuries

Authors: Nicoll C1, Singh A, Weese JS.
Journal: Vet Surg


To evaluate the economic impact of surgical site infection after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) in dogs.


Retrospective study


Dogs that had unilateral TPLO and did (n = 32) or did not (controls; 32) develop a surgical site infection.


Medical and billing records were reviewed to identify postoperative care and costs, which were compared between groups.


Authors: Wilson L1, Banks T, Luckman P, Smith B.
Journal: Aust Vet J


To compare two Krackow sutures with a three-loop pulley suture for the reattachment of canine gastrocnemius tendons, using a tendon avulsion model.


In vitro biomechanical study.

Authors: Aiken M1, Barnes D.
Journal: J Small Anim Pract


To assess whether the bisection of the fabellae by their respective femoral cortices is a useful criterion for assessing positioning of craniocaudal pelvic limb radiographs, and whether this is consistent in limbs affected or unaffected by medial patella luxation.


Computed tomography multi-planar reconstructions were used to determine the relative positions of the fabellae with respect to the femoral cortices.


Authors: Bergh MS1, Sullivan C, Ferrell CL, Troy J, Budsberg SC.
Journal: J Am Anim Hosp Assoc

Surgery for cranial cruciate ligament disease is often recommended; however, it is unclear if one procedure is superior. The aim of this systematic review was to answer the a priori question, "Is there a surgical procedure that will allow a consistent return to normal clinical function in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament disease and is that procedure superior to others?" A systematic literature search was performed through September 2013. Peer reviewed publication in the English language and 6 mo of postoperative follow-up were required.

Authors: García-Fernández P1, Quero Martín P, Mayenco A, Gardoqui M, Calvo I.
Journal: VCOT

Disruption of the triceps tendon insertion is an uncommon injury, with only a few reports of traumatic triceps tendon avulsion in dogs or cats present in the veterinary literature. Although this injury has been previously described in two dogs that had received a local injection of corticosteroids for the treatment of soft tissue injuries, reports with long term clinical follow-up and outcome in working dogs are lacking. This report describes two surgically treated cases of complete triceps tendon avulsion rupture in Malinois police dogs.

Authors: Simpler RE1, Kerwin SC, Eichelberger BM, Wall CR, Thompson JA, Padua A, Purdy D, Griffin JF 4th.
Journal: Vet Radiol Ultrasound

Susceptibility artifacts caused by ferromagnetic implants compromise magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the canine stifle after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) procedures. The WARP-turbo spin echo sequence is being developed to mitigate artifacts and utilizes slice encoding for metal artifact reduction. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the WARP-turbo spin echo sequence for imaging post TPLO canine stiflejoints. Proton density weighted images of 19 canine cadaver limbs were made post TPLO using a 3 Tesla MRI scanner.

Authors: Podadera J1, Gavin P, Saveraid T, Hall E, Chau J, Makara M.
Journal: Vet Radiol Ultrasound

Low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is commonly used to evaluate dogs with suspected cranial cruciate ligament injury; however, effects ofstifle positioning and scan plane on visualization of the ligament are incompletely understood. Six stifle joints (one pilot, five test) were collected from dogs that were scheduled for euthanasia due to reasons unrelated to the stifle joint.

Authors: Cashmore RG1, Havlicek M, Perkins NR, James DR, Fearnside SM, Marchevsky AM, Black AP.
Journal: Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol

Dogs treated for congenital medial patellar luxation were reviewed for the purpose of determining the incidence of postoperative major complications requiring surgical revision and the risk factors for their occurrence. Major complications occurred in 18.5% of the patellar luxation stabilization procedures with implant associated complications being the most frequent, patellar reluxation the second, and tibial tuberosity avulsion the third most common major complication. Other complications included patellar ligament rupture and trochlear wedge displacement.

Authors: Newman M1, Bertollo N, Walsh W, Voss K.
Journal: Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol

Objectives: To evaluate the degree of lateralization achievable and strength of tibial tuberosity transposition and advancement (TTTA) relative to pin and tension band wiring (PTBW) for lateral tibial tuberosity transposition. Methods: Six pairs of cadaveric tibiae were used. Tibial tuberosity position was determined with computed tomography (CT); bones were then randomly assigned into TTTA and PTBW groups. The PTBW group had a tibial tuberosity osteotomy and fixation with pin and tension band wiring.

Authors: Frydman GH, Cuddy LC, Kim SE, Pozzi A1.
Journal: Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol

Objective: Retrospective case series describing the surgical treatment and outcome in dogs with bicondylar femoral fractures complicated by ligament or tendon injuries. Methods: Medical records were reviewed for three immature and one mature dog with traumatic bicondylar fractures of the distal femur and concurrent ligament or tendon injury treated surgically. Data retrieved included physical examination, imaging, and treatment. Long-term follow-up and return to function was assessed by owner feedback, physical examination, radiology, and force plate analysis.