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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair

It’s extremely common for dogs—especially older and overweight dogs—to rupture their Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL). Found in the knee, it is the canine equivalent of the human anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.

When dogs rupture this ligament, their knee joints become unstable, and they will limp on the affected limb. CCL tears can affect dogs of all sizes, breeds and ages, but it rarely affects cats.

Signs and Symptoms

Dogs with a torn CCL may have symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty rising from a sit
  • Trouble jumping into the car
  • Lameness (limping)
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Unwillingness to play


Surgical and non-surgical treatment options are available for a torn CCL, and the best option for your dog depends on things like his activity level, size and age, as well as the degree of knee instability. However, the only way to permanently control the instability in the knee joint is with surgery.

Because CCL tears cause such significant mobility issues for pets, it’s important to get these injuries treated as quickly as possible. With Dr. Anastasiou’s skilled experience in veterinary orthopedics, Middletown Animal Clinic is able to offer our clients affordable knee surgery. 

If your dog has been diagnosed with a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) or other knee issues, you may want to consider an ACL procedure with lateral imbrication or MLP surgery (for a medial luxating patella). Dr. Anastasiou will discuss what procedures he performs and what would be the best option for your pet. 

If you think your dog may need orthopedic surgery, call us at (718) 824-8300 for a consultation.

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