Says that the traditional surgery does not rely on the suture after the healing period and that scar tissue is what is holding her knee together at this point. In other words, she shouldn't be able to re-tear the CCL 3.5 years after the fact. Does that sound right?
Misskiwi67 wrote:The implant in a traditional repair is heavy duty fishing line. It breaks, wears down, knots untie after a few years. Its entirely possible the implant is broken and is causing irritation and a repeated repair is not needed, only removal of the offending suture. You won't know until the knee is examined in depth.
In general, scar tissue does take over... but its not always enough for a permanent solution. This is why the more expensive metal implants are usually recommended for large breed or active dogs.
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