Success and Failure after Stifle Stabilization Surgery

Michael G. Conzemius, Richard B. Evans

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Balanced and concurrent consideration of success and failure after stifle surgery should be used to define and explain how 'successful' a procedure is. To accomplish this, investigators must: understand how to calculate and report the successes and failures; carefully choose the outcome measure(s) used to measure success and failure; and evaluate and report data in a clinically meaningful manner. For decades, veterinary surgeons have debated which surgical procedure provides the best outcome after treatment of cruciate ligament rupture (CR). Three additional potential contributors to residual lameness in a dog after CR stifle stabilization surgery are the development of complications, the progression of osteoarthritis (OA), and instability. Force platform gait analysis has been used extensively to compare forces before and after surgical treatment of CR in clinical patients. A pedometer or accelerometer can measure patient activity level at home over an extended period of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781119261728
ISBN (Print)9781119261711
StatePublished - Dec 7 2017


  • Accelerometers
  • Cruciate ligament rupture
  • Force platform gait analysis
  • Pedometers
  • Residual lameness
  • Stifle stabilization surgery
  • Veterinary examination


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