Images courtesy of Dr. Jason Bleedorn, MS, DVM, DACVS of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Dr. Allen Johnson, DVM, DACVS of Animal Surgical Clinic in Seattle, WA.
Using bone graft in osteotomy sites is quick, easy, and the best way to speed healing in orthopaedic surgeries. In most surgical and referral practices, treatment of canine cranial cruciate ligament disease constitutes a large portion of the caseload. Ensuring that these patients recover quickly and without post-operative complications will enhance a surgeon’s reputation and undoubtedly grow their practice. VTS can help!
Tibial tuberosity advancement is becoming a popular choice among orthopaedic surgeons as a treatment for canine cruciate ligament disease. TTAs are a perfect surgery for using allograft, as the procedure leaves a large osteotomy site (in a wedge shape). In one published study, 84% of TTA cases using allograft healed by 12 weeks (with an average healing time of 9.4 weeks)1. In a separate study of TTAs performed without allografts, only 59% of patients were healed by 14 weeks2. Below, see a step-by-step guide for using VTS’ bone graft in a TTA procedure.
Whether you do a few TTA surgeries a day or only every few months, VTS’ allograft products can help you and your practice. VTS is proud to offer graft products that fit every budget – the possibilities are endless – and all of our products promise better surgical outcomes for your patients.
References (click for full-text PDF)
1Lafaver S, Miller NA, Stubbs WP, Taylor RA, Boudrieau RJ. Tibial tuberosity advancement for stabilization of the canine cranial cruciate ligament-deficient stifle joint: Surgical technique, early results, and complications in 101 dogs. Veterinary Surgery. 36:573-586, 2007.
2Guerrero T, Makara M, Katiofsky K, Fluckiger M, Morgan J, Haessig M, Montavon P. Comparison of healing of the osteotomy gap after tibial tuberosity advancement with and without use of an autogenous cancellous bone graft. Veterinary Surgery. 40:27-33, 2011.
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