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J Vet Sci. 2012 Mar;13(1):93-8.

Biceps femoris muscle transposition for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture in small breed dogs.

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  • 1Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, 40064 Ozzano dell'Emilia (Bologna), Italy. roberto_tamburro@hotmail.com

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate a new extracapsular surgical technique for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture in small breed dogs. Nine small breed dogs (seven females and two males) weighing ≤ 15 kg were treated with biceps femoris muscle transposition (BFT). The duration of the BFT procedure was 20 min. Each patient underwent a standard clinical protocol and a questionnaire for the owners. Follow-up (at 1, 3, and 12 months postoperative) confirmed significant improvement in all patients, especially at 1 month postoperatively (p < 0.01) and again after complete stifle joint assessment at 3 months postoperatively. After 12 months, only two patients showed a slight increase in osteoarthritis. According to our results, BFT is a simple extracapsular surgical technique that can be used for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture in small breed dogs.

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