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Am J Vet Res. 2014 Jul;75(7):626-32. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.75.7.626.

Canine stifle joint biomechanics associated with tibial plateau leveling osteotomy predicted by use of a computer model.

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Department of Bioengineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40202.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate effects of tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) on canine stifle joint biomechanics in a cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL)-deficient stifle joint by use of a 3-D computer model simulating the stance phase of gait and to compare biomechanics in TPLO-managed, CrCL-intact, and CrCL-deficient stifle joints.

SAMPLE:

Computer simulations of the pelvic limb of a Golden Retriever.

PROCEDURES:

A previously developed computer model of the canine pelvic limb was used to simulate TPLO stabilization to achieve a tibial plateau angle (TPA) of 5° (baseline value) in a CrCL-deficient stifle joint. Sensitivity analysis was conducted for tibial fragment rotation of 13° to -3°. Ligament loads, relative tibial translation, and relative tibial rotation were determined and compared with values for CrCL-intact and CrCL-deficient stifle joints.

RESULTS:

TPLO with a 5° TPA converted cranial tibial translation to caudal tibial translation and increased loads placed on the remaining stifle joint ligaments, compared with results for a CrCL-intact stifle joint. Lateral collateral ligament load was similar, medial collateral ligament load increased, and caudal cruciate ligament load decreased after TPLO, compared with loads for a CrCL-deficient stifle joint. Relative tibial rotation after TPLO was similar to that of a CrCL-deficient stifle joint. Stifle joint biomechanics were affected by TPLO fragment rotation.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

In the model, stifle joint biomechanics were partially improved after TPLO, compared with CrCL-deficient stifle joint biomechanics, but TPLO did not fully restore CrCL-intact stifle joint biomechanics. Overrotation of the tibial fragment negatively influenced stifle joint biomechanics by increasing caudal tibial translation.

PMID:
24959728
DOI:
10.2460/ajvr.75.7.626
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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