Cranial cruciate ligament disease in dogs is one of the most common orthopaedics issues in veterinary practice. Different surgical techniques are described over the years to solve this pathology. The aim of this study is to describe a new extra-articular surgical technique using a modified lateral retinacular imbrication in 34 stifles over a period of 13 years (2005-2018). Seventeen dogs were evaluated from 1 to 4 months postoperatively and three dogs with a phone interview of the owner from 6 up to 12 months after surgery. The employment of this lateral retinacular imbrication of the stifle joint in association with Lembert suture pattern had shown no evidence of intraoperative or postoperative complications. Clinical postoperative findings were satisfactory: three-four months after surgery no lameness was evident, stifle preserved an adequate stability even if cranial tibial thrust and drawer sign were slightly positive. The lateral retinacular imbrication in association with a Lembert-like suture pattern represents a viable alternative to traditional extra-articular techniques performed during cranial cruciate ligament disease.
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