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TightRope® CCL

The biomaterial used for the TightRope® CCL is called FiberTape®. This is a kevlar-like material that is used extensively in human surgery for many orthopaedic applications. This material has properties that make it stronger and less prone to failure than any other suture materials currently being used for CCL reconstructions.

Things to remember about your dog’s cruciate problem
  1. Your dog has, or will develop, arthritis associated with the cruciate ligament problem – this will not be cured with surgery or medications so we will need to manage this for the rest of your dog’s life.
  2. What you do after surgery is more important that what is done in the operating room – you need to commit to all of the instructions in your discharge summary in order to optimize your dog’s outcome.
  3. In dogs with one cruciate problem, there is a 50-70% chance that the other knee will have the same problem within weeks to years of the first one.
  4. After surgery, complications or subsequent problems can occur – each procedure has varying complication rates ranging from less than 10% to over 50% depending on many factors – the overall complication rate for TightRope CCL is currently 18.6% with 9.9% requiring further treatment.

– these include:

  • Infection – 4.9%
  • Instability – 3.6%
  • Meniscal tears – 4.2%

The very best things you can do to minimize the chances and effects associated with 1-4 are:

  • Keep your dog at an ideal weight
  • Follow the discharge instructions exactly
  • Keep your follow-up appointments
  • Continue wellness care with your regular veterinarian


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