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This new surgical technique is called the Modified Maquet Procedure or MMP. When an MMP is done to modify the joint mechanics there is less movement of tissues during the surgery, a shorter surgery (and anesthesia) time, and we expect these patients to use the leg very soon after surgery. Although total healing time is 8 weeks, graduated leash walks are allowed beginning the day after surgery.
Cruciate disease is when a dog (and sometimes a cat) ruptures or tears the anterior cruciate ligament (sometimes called the cranial cruciate ligament) which is located in the knee (stifle) joint. The cause can be traumatic but sometimes they just break and we are not sure of the reason why. We do know that obesity, poor physical conditioning, and early neutering all play a role in this disease. Researchers are looking for a possible genetic factor as well.