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Current Clinical Trials:
Shock Wave Treatment of Patellar Ligament Desmitis
Study Purpose: A common complication of TPLO surgery is inflammation of the patellar ligament. Although the inflammation typically does not cause much pain and eventually resolves, it can delay recovery in some cases. Shock wave therapy (high intensity ultrasound treatment) can accelerate healing of ligaments and may help dogs with this complication. The purpose of this study is to compare the inflammation in ligaments of dogs that receive shock wave therapy to the inflammation in the ligament of those that do not.
Procedure: Patients are randomly assigned to receive postoperative shock wave therapy or no treatment. The patellar ligaments of all dogs will be measured with ultrasound at 4, 6, and 8 weeks postoperative. Dogs in the treatment group will also receive sedation and shock wave treatment at 4 and 6 weeks postoperative.
Risks: There are no known risks to receiving shock wave therapy or ultrasound examination. Undergoing sedation carries very slight risks.
Benefits: Results from this study will help us better treat animals in the future. By participating in this clinical trial at GVS, your patient will receive scheduled recheck exam and X-rays (6 weeks postoperative) at no charge. There is no charge for sedation or shock wave treatment.
Candidates: Medium or large dogs with cranial cruciate ligament tears treated with TPLO and no other concurrent knee disease or previous surgeries.
Contact with questions or potential candidates:
Alan Cross, DVM, ACVS, principal investigator
Gustavo Sepulveda, DVM, ACVR, co-investigator
Robin Chisolm-Seymour holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Bachelor’s
Degree in Psychology, and more than 30 years experience in the mental health field.
She is a member of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB). Aside from
her genuine interest in helping people, Robin has also experienced both the intense
joys of the much-loved pets that have played a pivotal role in her life, as well
as the deep sadness when they pass on.
How to Participate
Space is limited to allow for optimal comfort and discussion between participants
and the facilitator, thus a weekly reservation is required.
To speak with Robin and make a reservation, please call 770.642.3665. email@example.com