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Lateral Fabellotibial (Lat Fab < 40lbs)

Surgical Procedure

Lateral Fabellotibial suture repair is another form of surgical treatment for ruptured cranial cruciate ligament. This procedure attempts to stabilize the knee joint by placing a thick suture along the side of the joint to limit movement of the tibia. This procedure works best in smaller animals (typically less than 40lbs) due to less cranial tibial thrust from less powerful muscles. The overall goal is to stop lameness, restore mobility, reduce arthritis, and reduce pain.

Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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