Ridgestop Implant for Patella Luxation

The Ridgestop implant is a small curved plate that essentially adds height to the ridge of bone of the knee. By making this area larger, the knee cap becomes unable to slip over it. It can be used as an adjunct procedure when a tibial tuberosity transposition has been performed to add more stability to the procedure. In some cases it has been used as a stand-alone procedure where the patellar luxation is less severe. The surgery works by providing a barrier to keep the patella from sliding over the groove. Despite the implants that are used, it is much less traumatic and or invasive than previous methods used to correct the luxation.

Typically, dogs are walking on the leg the day following surgery or a few days post operatively. They will spend a minimum of 2 nights in the hospital and they can stay longer to minimize any complications in the days immediately following the surgery.

Dogs are restricted to leash walks only for the first 6- 8 weeks. Radiographs are taken at 4 & 8 weeks. They are gradually reintroduced to exercise once adequate bone healing has been seen. They are typically back to full exercise with minimal to no lameness at 6 months post-surgery.

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 and Anesthesia
  • Anesthesia monitoring before, during and after surgery
  • Post op X-rays
  • Pain medications before, during and after surgery
  • Antibiotics before during and after surgery
  • Hospitalization after surgery for 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, x rays and care at 4 and 8 weeks

Cost: $2700-$2900

The above fee can increase based on individual patient needs.

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