At the South Eastern Animal Hospital, we started offering the Modified Maquet Procedure (MMP) method of stabilisation of canine stifles post ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears in Dec 2017. We have now performed over 40 of these procedures.
The MMP has been shown to produce equivalent results to the current 'gold-standard' method called the TPLO (tibial plateau levelling osteotomy). Research has shown there is no difference between results achieved by 12 weeks post either surgery - in fact many of those that have stifle stabilisation via MMP show more rapid return to function. This inherently produces some challenges in trying to keep the dogs quiet/rested until four weeks post-surgery (walking on lead is quite ok from day one), as many of these dogs want to start running again by as early as two to three weeks after surgery. However, this is far too early as the bone has not fully grown into the implant at this stage. From four weeks through to 10 weeks post-surgery, we seek to increase their lead walks from 10 minutes to up to 30 minutes at a time and by 10 weeks, we seek to begin off lead activity with the aim to return to full freedom by 12 weeks post-surgery. This is a remarkably short period of time given that it is such a significant injury.
The five videos below demonstrate the range of dogs that the procedure can be performed on and the speed at which they return to being near normal post-surgery.
Jasmine, 6 year old English Staffy, 4 weeks post surgery for torn ACL
Mack, 8 year old American Staffy, 10 weeks post surgery for torn ACL
Mylo Kruse, 2 year old Labrador, 6 weeks post surgery for torn ACL
Puddy, 3 year old Dogue de Bordeaux, 4 weeks post surgery for torn ACL
Tye, 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier, 6 weeks post surgery for torn ACL