The TPLO surgery has proven itself, time and time again, to be an extremely effective long term solution for addressing cruciate ligament injury in dogs.
When a dog tears its ACL, every time the dogs goes to stand or put weight on the leg, the femur slides/rubs on the back of the tibia. This rubbing causes pain and inflammation, which is very uncomfortable. This is why most dogs with a torn ACL will not even put weight on the leg, or if they do, they will just toe touch the leg to the ground. The true beauty of the surgery is that it completely alters the dynamics of the knee. Once the bone is cut and rotated the tibial plateau, where the femur and the tibia communicate, no longer can slide backwards. The knee is immediately stabilized. By doing so, this eliminates the need for the ACL ligament entirely and returns stability to the joint immediately. Once the knee is stabilized, the dogs will begin to use the limb again. In fact in most cases the dogs are weight bearing with-in a few days after surgery if not the very next day.
Below is an xray of a dog’s knee after TPLO surgery.
If you would like to schedule a TPLO for your dog, or if you would like more information, please email Dr.Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (541) 535-8187.