When you first hear mention of the lateral fabellar suture stabilization surgery for torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCL) in dogs you may think that your veterinarian is making it up, that they’re trying to pull a fast one on you. But in fact, the lateral fabellar suture stabilization surgery is a very common procedure performed to get those dogs with CCL injuries back on all fours.
Lateral fabellar suture stabilization is an extracapsular method of stabilizing the knee joint following a CCL injury. This means that all of the fixation takes place outside of the joint capsule. This surgery uses various heavy duty suture materials, including heavy weight fishing line, to mimic the action of the CCL outside of the joint capsule.
While you may be thinking that any type of suture is going to have a short lifespan, you’re absolutely right. The actual goal of the suture in this procedure is to encourage the body to create scar tissue around it that will be stronger and longer-lasting than the suture material itself. This creates a more permanent fixation even if the suture stretches or breaks.