Titanium-Alloy Anchoring System as a Suitable Method of Extracapsular Repair
Lanz, Otto I.
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Objective: To characterize the effect of a titanium-alloy anchoring system (TAS) on the motion of the cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) deficient stifle. To compare the motion with the TAS to that of the CrCL-intact and CrCL-deficient stifle. Study Design: Each canine pelvic limb was mounted in a loading jig under 30% body weight. Motion data was collected using an electromagnetic tracking system at stifle angles of 125◦, 135◦, and 145◦ with the CrCL-intact, CrCL-deficient and the TAS applied. Results: Total translation of the CrCL-deficient stifle following the TAS was reduced, but remained greater than the CrCL-intact stifle at angles of 125◦, 135◦, and 145◦. Internal rotation of the TAS groups was greater than the CrCL-intact group at 145◦, but not 125◦ and 135◦. Varus motion of the TAS group was decreased compared to the CrCL-deficient group, but increased compared to the CrCL-intact group at angles of 125◦, 135◦, and 145◦. Conclusion: Total translation and internal rotation of the CrCL-deficient stifle following the TAS differed from that of the CrCL-intact stifle. However, the TAS reduced total translation and internal rotation of the tibia relative to the femur in the CrCL-deficient stifle to levels that may yield clinically acceptable results