CRANIAL cruciate ligament rupture is one of the most common orthopaedic conditions seen in dogs. In addition to the obvious welfare considerations to the animal, the financial burden on pet owners can be considerable — an estimated US$1.32 billion was spent treating this condition in the USA in 2003. There are a number of surgical options available to manage cruciate disease and new procedures continue to be developed, all of which have advantages and disadvantages, with different reported success rates. The decision regarding the best procedure to employ for a particular case therefore remains a dilemma for many practitioners. This article reviews the current literature on cruciate disease and discusses how this might be applied by veterinary surgeons to provide evidence-based recommendations to their clients.
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