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Veterinary Surgery TPLO FAQs

What is TPLO Surgery for Dogs?

What is TPLO surgery?

TPLO surgery, an acronym for Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, is done to remove and adjust a portion of the tibia to change the angle of the slope to prevent the femur from sliding down the surface when the canine stresses the joint with weight. This surgery is similar to what humans experience with ACL damage..

What is CCL surgery?

CCL, or CrCL surgery, repairs damage to a dog’s Cranial Cruciate Ligament. This is one of the most common canine injuries.

What causes dog TPLO?

Dogs need TPLO surgery for multiple reasons. Most dogs rupture their CrCL over time as the ligament weakens from stress over time. Genetics play a part in this, as does injury, and the fact that a dog’s knee is constantly under stress carrying the weight of the dog because of the angle of the knee.

TPLO Canine Surgery Options

Which ACL surgery is best for dogs?

The best ACL surgery for each dog can only be determined with a professional examination. Arthroscopy is a complete examination which enables exploring the joint through a tiny incision and viewing the structure and damage via a camera. After examination the doctor can make the correct recommendation based on their discovery. TPLO and TTA are the most common repairs with good long term outcomes.

Which is better TPLO or TTA?

TPLO is better in some circumstances and TTA is better in others. A professional exam will determine which is best. TTA is less invasive and dog’s return to normal activity sooner, but TPLO may have a better long-term success in some cases.

What can I give my dog for sedation?

Always follow your veterinary doctor’s recommendations. Your dog may need to be sedated for beahvioral problems or just a nail trim. Begin by looking at the quality of your pet’s nutrition. A healthy diet can impact behavior and anxiety. Talk to your veterinary doctor about non-sedative alternatives too. Good veterinary offices have superb resources for managing pet behavior.

Should my dog have TPLO surgery?

TPLO surgery is time tested and one of the most effective orthopedic surgeries for CCL damage, tears, and ruptures in dogs. This is analogous to an ACL tear in humans. But due to the differences in anatomy, the orthopedic surgery for dogs is different.

Canine TPLO Surgery Procedures

How does TPLO surgery work?

TPLO surgery repairs cruciate ligament damage by stabilizing the dog’s (or cat’s) knee joint so that it can be weight bearing again without pain. During the procedure any damaged ligament tissues are removed.

How long does dog TPLO surgery take?

TPLO surgery has several processes that may include digital x-rays (before and after), and minimally invasive arthroscopy to determine the amount of damage and extent of work required during the procedure. The examinations, preparation, surgery, and recovery can require several hours. The surgery is aproximately two hours and you can typically expect your pet ot stay over night at the facility.

How long does a TTA surgery take?

TTA surgery timelines and procedures are similar to TPLO surgeries and you can expect your dog to be released the day after surgery. So, you can expect a day and a half committed to this.

How long does a dog’s ACL surgery take?

A dog’s ACL surgery is commonly done as a TTA or TPLO surgery. Both TTA and TPLO surgeries are typically close to two hours.

How long does TPLO surgery last?

TPLO surgery lasts about two hours. There are more things to be done before and after the TPLO surgery that extend this time sugnificantly.

TPLO Dog Surgery Recovery

When can my dog walk after ACL surgery?

Some dogs can bear weight the day after surgery but must be carefully managed so that they do not reinjure themselves. Walking and other activities should be limited during the first month and a half after the surgery. professional swimming pool therapy can be a safe way to allow your pet to have activity during recovery.

Do dogs fully recover from ACL surgery?

To ensure the best recovery possible listen to and follow all of the advice of your TPLO surgeon for both pre-operative and post-operative therapies. When dogs are properly rehabilitated after successful surgeries both TTA and TPLO surgeries can give your dog 100% mobility and full recovery.

How can I calm my dog down after surgery?

Keeping a dog calm after surgery can be challenging, especially if your pet is young or very active. One of the best ways to calm your pet is to spend time with them, give them attention, and engage them in familiar activities, games, tricks, obedience training, and by exposing them to new variations of these. Holding them or cuddling them is helpful. If your pet must be immobile for some time help them by giving them things to look at or a large view.

How can I help my dog after surgery?

The best way to help your dog after surgery is to give them attention and strictly follow your veterinary doctor’s advaice about rehabilitiation activities and limits. The rehabilitation period only happens once. Do it right the first time.

How long do dogs limp after ACL surgery?

All dogs are different, as are their surgeries and recovery periods, but you can expect limping to continue to occur form up to four to six months after surgery. The better you manage your pet’s rehabilitation the sooner and better the healing will be.

How long does a dog have to wear a cone after TPLO surgery?

After surgery your pet should wear a cone until the surgical incision has healed. This can be a couple of weeks. It is critical that the dog does not lick, chew or otherwise damage the incision.

How long will my dog limp after TTA surgery?

Each dog, damage, surgery and recovery time is different. Typically, with good rehabilitation, your dog can still limp three, four, five and even six months after surgery.

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