Benefits of the Lateral Suture Technique

The lateral suture technique has been shown to significantly improve lameness and has been reported to have a success rate of approximately 90%. In fact one study that used force plate analysis at 2 and 6 months post-surgery showed no difference compared to the TPLO or the TTA.

The progression of arthritis is decreased compared to not performing surgery. When the lateral suture technique was compared to the TPLO, arthritis progressed quicker in the patients that had the lateral suture technique.

Risks and Complications of the Extracapsular Technique

Risk factors are very common between the lateral suture technique, the TPLO, and the TTA. These may include any of the following:

  • Infection and surgical wound problems
  • Implant failure
  • Fracture
  • Patellar luxation
  • Lack of stabilization of the stifle
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Failure to return to normal function
  • Post meniscal tears develop approximately 11% of the time following surgery, regardless of the surgical technique used.

These complications are not common and the incidence can be decreased dramatically by providing great post-operative care and by following at home care instructions while the tissue is healing.