This is a very common condition, especially in small breed dogs. This occurs when the patella (knee cap) pops in and out of place while your dog is walking. There are many different grades of luxating patella, based on how much time it spends out of place. Lots of small dogs live their entire life with this condition, with only minimal symptoms. Surgery is an option when a dog has persistent pain or lameness, or they develop an associated CCL injury. Every one of these cases is unique, and may require up to three techniques during surgery to allow the knee cap to stay in place. After the postoperative period, most of these patients do very well long term.
If you have any questions about this procedure or options for your pet, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions.