The new Tightrope technique, is a modification of human procedures used in ankle surgery. A device is surgically placed that stabilizes the CCL-deficient knee through bone tunnels drilled using smaller incisions.
This new technique has the added advantage of being 1/3 the cost of the traditional TPLO. Dogs in a preliminary trial study experienced fewer and less severe complications. Outcomes were equal to those seen with the TPLO.
Mt. Houston Animal Clinic is one of the first hospitals in Houston to provide this procedure. We have been performing this procedure since the middle of 2008 with excellent results. Most dogs are beginning to walk the day following the procedure.