Teddy's ACL Repair


Dr. Michael King gives Teddy his pre-surgical exam
On Friday, January 9th, 1998, Teddy, a twelve year old Male Samoyed, was examined for recurrent lameness on his left rear leg. Following physical exam, blood tests, and xrays, he was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease and a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). His left stifle joint or knee was unstable and this was contributing to the degenerative joint problem. After discussing the pros, cons, and risks of surgery with Teddy's family, a decision was made to repair Teddy's ligament and remodel his knee joint.

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Veterinary Technician Lisa Smith prepares teddy for surgery,
removing the dense Samoyed hair coat
and performing multiple surgical scrubs.

Lisa assists Dr. King as the new ligament
is placed in the knee joint

Dr. King removes Teddy's damaged tissue,
remodels the arthritic changes,
and places a new ligament in Teddy's knee.

Lisa monitors Teddy as he recovers from anesthesia

Teddy and his owner Alice leaving
the hospital after his staple removal

More information on the ACL


Berkshire Veterinary Hospital
730 1/2 Crane Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-2820