This category contains the instrumentation to aid Over The Top Cruciate Repair.
Pioneered in the dog by Stephen Arnoczky and simplified by Hamish Denny the Over the Top Technique remains popular amongst surgeons worldwide. The technique attempts to replace anatomically, as far as is possible, the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CrCL) with an auto graft of patella ligament. Several variations of the technique are available but all have the similar difficulties.
Secure attachment of the graft to the femur is difficult. Screws and spiky washers or ligament staples are more secure than sutures.
The graft weakens during the first 4 or 5 weeks as revascularisation takes place. Typically the recovering dog is eager to stress the graft at a time of minimal strength.
This category contains Graft passers and CCL staples.
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