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TPLO Surgery

At Parrett Veterinary Clinic, we understand the importance of ensuring your beloved pet's health and well-being. That's why we're proud to offer advanced orthopedic solutions such as Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery to address orthopedic issues in your furry companions.

What is TPLO Surgery?

TPLO surgery is a groundbreaking orthopedic procedure designed to treat cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries. TPLO surgery aims to stabilize the knee joint and restore function, allowing your pet to regain their active lifestyle.

What is a CCL tear?

A cranial cruciate ligament or CCL tear is a common knee injury in dogs. Similar to the ACL in humans, when a dog suffers a CCL tear, the injury causes pain, and most pets are unable to walk normally. If left untreated, the result is further joint damage, pain, and osteoarthritis. The most significant advancement in the treatment of CCL tears has been the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy surgery or TPLO. In the majority of canine CCL injuries, TPLO is the ideal treatment with minimal complications and a relatively quick return to comfortable, full activity. Almost all dogs undergoing TPLO can safely and comfortably return home within 1-3 days following surgery.

How does TPLO work?

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy helps restore joint biomechanics by altering the joint's ''sliding motion". The downward, backward sliding motion of the femur or the "thigh bone" is eliminated following surgery resulting in joint stability.

What will be my dog’s recovery look like?

Your dog will be hospitalized for 3 days following their procedure.

  • Most patients are able to walk within 24 hours.
  • At 2 weeks postoperatively, most patients are able to bear moderate, if not all, weight.
  • By 10 weeks, most dogs will no longer limp.
  • Most patients can return to normal activity by 4 months, with only the most stressful activities restricted.
  • At 6 months postoperatively, patients can resume total physical activity.

It is essential during the recovery period to give all medications and restrict activity as directed.

Does TPLO Increase risk of the opposite side tearing?

No, in fact, quite the opposite is the case. Because canine CCL tears are caused by biomechanical wear and tear, 40% of animals that tear one side will someday tear the other. The best way to minimize this risk is to equalize weight-bearing by performing a TPLO on the affected side. Weight loss is also important in overweight animals. Nearly all dogs left untreated will tear the other side because of shifting weight to the intact side.

  • The benefits for your pet
  • Enhanced mobility
  • Pain alleviation
  • Accelerated recovery
  • Specialized expertise
  • Improved longevity
  • Improved quality of life