RidgeStop for Luxating Patella (Kneecap) Disease

We at Dells Vet are proud to offer an innovative orthopedic surgery, called the RidgeStop technique, for repairing patellar luxation. This is a simple, affordable alternative to other traditional procedures.

What is Patellar Luxation?

Patellar luxation, or the “floating kneecap,” is one of the most common orthopedic diseases in dogs. Frequently, we will see this condition in small breeds such as Bostons, Chihuahuas, Miniature Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers. In fact, up to 7% of puppies are diagnosed with this problem. Large breed dogs may also be affected. In 50% of cases, both knee caps are compromised, which can lead to pain and a loss of function. This condition is primarily of genetic concern.

What happens with my pet’s kneecaps?

The kneecap (patella) is a small bone that sits directly above the tendon of insertion of the quadriceps muscle group onto the top of the shin (tibia). The patella bone provides stability to the knee joint by acting as a fulcrum when the leg extends. The bone glides within a groove that forms on the front of the knee joint. When the patella luxates out of the groove, the dog cannot properly extend their knee joint. This can cause lameness and discomfort.

Does my pet have patellar luxation?

This is a common issue. Most pets will show signs in their younger years, but they can also start to show signs at an older age. If your dog has a bow-legged stance, or skips and limps when they walk, they could likely be affected.

How does the RidgeStop implant work?

The RidgeStop implant acts as a synthetic ridge to create a stable groove for the knee. A medical-grade implant is placed using screws to build up the sides of the patellar (knee) groove when it lacks the appropriate amount of bone.

Dr. Dorn has completed training courses to perform this procedure. She is happy to accept referrals or new clients for orthopedic surgeries on dogs in Dell Rapids and the surrounding areas.

Contact us today and learn how more about how the RidgeStop can help your four-legged friend.