A tightrope for dogs
More than a million dogs suffer from cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) deficiency each year. The condition is comparable to a common sports injury in humans — anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. A Mizzou veterinarian has helped to develop the Tightrope, a device used with minimally-invasive surgical techniques, to stabilize dogs’ knees.
James “Jimi” Cook, professor of veterinary medicine and surgery and the William C. Allen Endowed Professor for Orthopedic Research, worked with Arthrex, Inc. to develop and test the Tightrope device. More invasive techniques can lead to serious complications.