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A 4-year-old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier (dog 1) and a 6-year-old male Yorkshire Terrier (dog 2) were evaluated because of left pelvic limb lameness.


Both dogs had a partial rupture of the left cranial cruciate ligament associated with a unilateral excessive tibial plateau angle (51° in dog 1 and 41° in dog 2) secondary to a growth anomaly.


Both dogs underwent a double-cut center of rotation of angulation–based leveling osteotomy combining rotation of the proximal fragment with a cranial closing wedge ostectomy. The procedure allowed leveling of the tibial plateau to a final angle of 11° in one dog and 10° in the other without perioperative complications. Both dogs had excellent functional outcomes ≤ 4 months after the surgery. No postoperative complications were reported during follow-up (12 months and 9 months for dogs 1 and 2, respectively).


Results for these dogs suggested that double-cut center of rotation of angulation–based leveling osteotomy can be considered as a viable treatment option for cranial cruciate ligament deficiency associated with excessive tibial plateau angle.

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association