Luxated Patella

Luxating means ‘out of place’ or ‘dislocated’. Therefore, a luxating patella is a kneecap that moves out of place. The kneecap sits underneath a ligament attached the large thigh muscles to the center front of the shin bone. During surgery the patellar ligament is put back into place by a durable suture to keep the ligament from moving again. After surgery your pet will be put in a cast that would need to stay on for 10 to 14 days with limited activity. Once the cast is off we require that your pet still has to limit their activity for another 2 to 3 weeks. We offer an option of laser therapy to help your pet with a faster healing process.

Recovery: Typical recovery, as long as the animal isn’t too active during the healing process, is about 10-14 days.

Risks: Like any surgical procedure, there is associated risk with anesthesia and surgery itself, but the overall incidence of complications is very low. Before the procedure, your pet is given a thorough physical examination to ensure that she is in good health. General anesthesia is administered to perform the surgery and medications are given to minimize pain. You will be asked to keep your pet calm and quiet for a few days after surgery as the incision begins to heal.

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