ALTERNATIVES ACL TEAR SURGERY

DOES ACL TEAR HEAL BY ITSELF?

The ACL in dogs can partially or fully tear. There is a chance that partial tears could heal without surgery with restricted exercise. However, if the ligament is fully torn, surgery is the only effective treatment.

WHICH KIND OF EXERCISE RESTRICTION IS NEEDED FOR SPONTANEOUS ACL HEALING?

To ensure adequate healing of a partially torn ACL, the patient should not be allowed to go up and down stairs, jumping on and off furnitures, and be off leash. It is imperative that the patient’s body is supported to avoid to overload the affected limb and the opposite leg. Slings and special harnesses should be used. The patient’s activity should be restricted for 2 months.

ARE KNEEE BRACES HELPFUL?

Knee braces are used in human field often postoperatively and preoperatively to stabilize the knee and ensure adequate healing. The disadvantage of knee braces are inadequate fitting, slippage, and pressure sores. The apparatus should be worn every time the patient is walked. Knee braces provide great help to oder dog and inactive patients that are not good candidates for surgery as well as to protect the other knee in dogs recovering from knee surgery.

WHEN IS SURGERY INDICATED FOR ACL TEAR?

The most reliable way to address ACL tear in young and active patients is surgery. It is important to intervene surgically earlier in the game before arthritis develops and the quality of life of the patient is compromised forever.