Surgeries

Jasmine, Mylo, Mack, Puddy and Tye all need ACL repairs

Our experienced team began offering the Modified Maquet Procedure (MMP) method for treating ACL tears in December 2017 and have since performed over 40 of these procedures.

Though the current ‘Gold-Standard’ method of stabilising ACL tears is the TPLO (tibial plateau levelling osteotomy), research has shown that the Modified Maquet Procedure produces equivalent results – there is no difference between the two by 12 weeks after surgery, and in fact, many dogs who have undergone stifle stabilisation via MMP actually experience a more rapid return to full function; though this does produce challenges of its own, as many dogs want to start running two to three weeks post-surgery and owners must keep their dogs quiet and rested until four weeks after surgery (walking on a leash from day one is fine) as the bone will not have grown into the implant at this stage. We begin to increase their on-leash walks from 10 minutes to 30 minutes at a time from four weeks through to 10 weeks post-surgery, with the aim of returning to full off-leash freedom by 12 weeks after the procedure. Given the nature of the injury, this is a remarkably short period of time.

The videos below show the range of dogs, big and small, that the procedure can be performed on, and what to expect during the recovery period.

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