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A torn or ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in dogs and cats is the equivalent of an ACL injury in humans. It’s a common complaint that often requires our dog ACL surgery in Northridge to repair and to prevent permanent damage to the joint.

What is the CCL?

The CCL ligament connects the bones above and below the knee. It stabilizes the area by keeping the tibia and femur in place. This ligament can become damaged for a number of reasons, including:

  • Strenuous activity
  • Weight/obesity
  • Breed
  • Age

Symptoms of a CCL injury

  • Lameness in one of the hind legs
  • An inability to bear weight on the affected leg
  • Swelling along the inside of the knee

The first step: Examination + diagnosis

At the first sign of a torn CCL, schedule an appointment for a consultation for our cat or dog knee surgery in Northridge. During that appointment, we will perform a comprehensive examination, which will include:

A full physical exam

When you arrive at the office, we will assess your pet’s knee. One of the telltale signs of a torn CCL is the ability to pull the tibia forward while holding the femur in place.

Removing Masses

In addition to the physical examination, we will take x-rays of your pet’s knee to determine the severity of the damage and to rule out any other causes for the symptoms.

FAQ: Can a torn CCL heal with conservative measures?

In small dogs, the symptoms associated with a partially torn or ruptured CCL may improve with rest in about six weeks. However, the CCL will still be unhealthy and damaged, which can cause bone spurs, pain, arthritis and a decreased range of motion – especially in large animals.

As such, CCL or our dog ACL surgery in Northridge is recommended for most of our Northridge patients. In addition, surgery should be scheduled quickly after the injury to relieve pain and prevent irreversible joint damage.

Your surgical options

We offer several CCL and ACL surgery options for our patients. We will help you select the right technique for your pet based on his or her breed, activity level and the extent of the injury.

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)

The TPLO procedure provides stability to the injured knee by leveling the tibial plateau.

Tight Rope

The Tight Rope is a minimally invasive technique that stabilizes the knee with a special implant.

Tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA)

The TTA approach moves the patellar tendon forward to stabilize the knee and offer the CCL some relief.

Lateral suture / extracapsular stabilization

This procedure stabilizes the knee and reinforces the CCL with suture material.

Competitive pricing. Specialized procedures. Care you can trust.

The Northridge Animal Medical Center is proud to be one of a handful of clinics in the area capable of performing complex knee surgery procedures – and we do so at an affordable cost. Our cat and dog knee surgery in Northridge procedures begin at $2,799 and we can often beat the prices offered by other orthopedic surgeons.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

Dear NAMC Family:

With COVID-19 in the forefront of everyone's minds, we would like to update you on measures that we are taking to help keep us all (two-legged and four-legged) healthy and cared for.

As safety is our top priority, Northridge Animal Medical Center is strongly recommending that clients not attend their pets' appointments and adhere to our new Drop-Off Policy.

For drop-off, please call us as you are arriving in our rear parking lot and an attendant will take your pet in for you. For pick-up, please arrive five minutes prior to the end of your pet's appointment or at the time specified by our team, pick up at our rear entrance and an attendant will bring your pet to your car. Of course you may also wait for us to finish our evaluation and call you with our findings and treatment plans.

Our phone number is (818) 886-1216.

Please specify your concerns and share updates about your pet on the Drop-Off Form provided. You can also email us with your pet’s concerns. Updates following treatment will be emailed to you or shared over the phone. We also may email you images or videos as a visual aid when needed or required.

In addition to the above logistical changes, we have already implemented enhanced sanitation measures within the building, including:

  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout facility
  • Disinfection of facility several times daily
  • Educating employees on best practices to avoid spread of pathogens

COVID-19 IS NOT TRANSMITTED THROUGH PETS, SO LET'S KEEP GIVING THEM LOVE AND KEEPING THEM HEALTHY.

We appreciate you so much. Thank you for bearing with us as we move forward.

Lots of well wishes,

Dr. Frank Marco and the Northridge Animal Medical Center Team