Pet TPLO Surgery
A typical knee injury in dogs is a tear of the cranial cruciate ligament or CCL. Similar to the ACL in humans, a dog’s torn CCL produces discomfort, and most dogs cannot walk normally after the injury. Osteoarthritis, more joint degeneration, and pain arise from untreated osteoarthritis.
The Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy procedure, also known as TPLO, has been the most crucial development in managing CCL tears. TPLO is the best option for treating most canine CCL injuries since it has few side effects and allows for a speedy return to regular, total activity. Virtually all dogs with TPLO can go home safely and comfortably on the day of surgery.
By changing the “slide motion” of the joint, tibial plateau leveling osteotomy aids in the restoration of joint biomechanics. Following surgery, the femur, or “thigh bone,” no longer slides backward and downward, stabilizing the joint.
Your dog will go home following the completion of the procedure. Most patients are able to walk within 24 hours.
- Most patients can support some weight at two weeks after surgery, though not all of it.
- By 8 weeks, most dogs will no longer limp.
- With the exception of the most stressful occupations, the majority of patients can resume normal activity within 4 months.
- Patients are able to resume full physical activity at six months after surgery.
- It’s crucial to administer all prescribed drugs and reduce activities as needed during the recuperation time.