The photo below shows the knee joint closed and the lateral stabilization suture in place. I use a large nylon suture and a crimp instead of a knot to hold it.
You can see the crimp on the suture. In this dog, a large dog, a second suture is place to insure stability. The skin is closed and we use ice and IV pain medication in the immediate post op period to reduce pain and swelling. We also treat the joint with a laser immediately post op and the next day to speed recovery.