What is Zlig Surgery for Dogs?
Zlig surgery is an orthopaedic surgery performed on dogs to replace a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) with an artificial implant known as the ‘Zlig’. It is not to be confused with the old fashioned ‘De angelis’ or ‘lateral suture’ surgery.
There currently exist several options to address a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) using traditional CCL (Cranial Cruciate Ligament) surgeries such as TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement), TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) and TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy). and the lateral suture or de angelis surgery. However, we at Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic, highly recommend considering Zlig surgery for the enhanced recovery, lack of a significant period of restriction or ‘cage rest’ post op.
The Zlig surgery is an innovative alternative to the aforementioned traditional approaches and stands out as being the only “Direct” ACL stabilisation procedure. This is because it directly replaces the torn ACL, unlike other “In-Direct” approaches which involve surgical modifications to the stifle (knee), enabling it to adapt to a torn ACL, or replacing the function of it with a potentially weaker nylon fibre (as in deangelis).
In the realm of human care, replacing a torn ACL is considered standard practice, and we at Southern Cross Vet advocate that the same standard should apply to dogs, however hamstring grafts like in people, don’t work for dogs. Over recent years, advancements in Zlig surgery for dogs have led to a reduction in health concerns and an enhancement in joint strength and stability, making it a much more viable option for pet parents to consider. This surgery can lead to an improved quality of life for your pet and gives them the chance to move around more freely as compared to others. In the immediate post op period as it DOESNT REQUIRE INTENSIVE CRATE REST LIKE OTHER TECHNIQUES DO.