Extracapsular Stifle Repair

The knee joint is opened and inspected. The torn or partly torn cruciate ligament is removed. If the meniscus is torn, the damaged portion is removed. A large, strong suture is passed around the fabella behind the knee and through a hole drilled in the front of the tibia. This tightens the joint to prevent the drawer motion, effectively taking over the job of the cruciate ligament.

Typically, the dog may carry the leg up for a good 2 weeks after surgery but will increase knee use over the next 2 months, eventually returning to normal. Typically, the dog will require 8 weeks of exercise restriction after surgery (no running, only outside on a leash, including the backyard). The suture placed may break 2 to 12 months after surgery and the dog’s own healed tissue will hold the knee. This surgery is typically indicated for smaller dogs, less active dogs or older patients. This surgery is not as popular as in previous years due to the amount of scar tissue that forms in the knee post operatively.

The items listed below are included in the cost of surgery:

  • Complimentary exam the day of surgery
  • Preoperative bloodwork panel
  • Catheter and fluids during and after surgery
  • Preoperative pain medications and induction of anesthesia
  • Anesthesia during surgery
  • Anesthesia monitoring before, during and after surgery
  • Surgical procedure
  • Post op X-rays
  • Pain medications before, during and after surgery
  • Antibiotics before during and after surgery
  • Hospitalization after surgery for 1-2 days
  • Cold laser therapy session-8 total sessions
  • E-collar to go home
  • Rehabilitation handout with week by week instructions
  • Routine follow-up visits for assessment, suture removal and care –> at 4 and 8 weeks

Cost: $1800-$2000 (including cold laser therapy and post op rechecks)

The above fee can increase based on individual patient needs.

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