I am looking for real world information from any who have experience with "tightrope" product from Arthrex which replaces the standard nylon fishing line used in extracapsular stabilization techniques that are not recommended for heavier dogs. (Arthrex claims tightrope is good for 250lb dogs)
There is very conflicting information out there about this procedure.
I am finding through persistent questioning that those opposed to it are actually talking about nylon suture used for many years which in fact is recommended for dogs under 25lbs.
When talking about the long term possibilities of a TPLO it is very scary to know it is a one shot deal and corrosion possibilities are high which can result in amputation or even death. (confirmed by my vet this morning)
My vet is against tightrope extracapsular stabilization for my 85lb dog but when questioned further, and persistently, he explained he knew little of the product but the procedure is widely known to fail in large dogs.
This was unsettling when I can find numerous vets around the globe who promote this technique for heavy dogs with using tightrope.
Arthrex website states min 40lb dog to 250lb dog recommended for this procedure to not replace all but most TPLO invasive surgeries.
Add in PRP (platelet rich plasma) into the mix and seems to me this is a winner as it is reversible if new technology comes out or if infection occurs.
(Already there is Bridge enhanced ACL repair trials in humans in Boston which may not apply to an old ACL injury but shows there are advancements occurring in one of the most popular injuries known to dogs. )
If anyone has had this done to their dog using "tightrope" on a large dog..over 70lbs, please inform us how successful this was. This product has only been out for 6 years (conception date).
With no actual medical studies done on its inefficiency, I feel some vets may be excusing its benefits unnecessarily for a more proven yet more invasive technique.