If there’s one good thing about your dog having a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), it’s that there are many effective ways of fixing it. One of those ways is with the TightRope system.
The TightRope system is a type of extracapsular fixation, meaning the entire stabilization takes place outside of the joint capsule. The idea behind this type of surgery for torn CCLs is that a specially designed implant, the TightRope, placed outside of the joint capsule, will mimic the function and stabilization abilities of the CCL.
The long-term goal is that the implant will talk the body into creating scar tissue that is stronger and longer-lasting than the implant itself. This scar tissue is what will stabilize the knee even if the implant stretches or falls apart.