Medial patellar luxation is a common cause of lameness in small-breed dogs, but also occurs in large-breeds as well.
Associated medial malalignment of the quadriceps mechanism leads to deformity of the distal femur and proximal tibia.
Mild cases can be addressed with soft tissue procedures but more severe cases will often require some form of corrective osteotomy (i.e. tibial tuberosity transposition, distal femoral closing wedge).
Surgery is recommended in symptomatic patients to avoid cartilage wear and skeletal deformity in the actively growing patient.
Most patients require a combination of procedures including tibial tuberosity transposition, lateral joint capsule imbrication and femoral trochlear wedge recession.
We do not recommend bilateral simultaneous repairs in dogs weighing more than 12 pounds due to the increased risk of post-operative complications in that subset of patients.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at 321-725-5365 with questions about this or any other surgical procedure.