TPLO surgery for cruciate ligament injury

What is TPLO Surgery?

TPLO surgery is a specialized orthopedic procedure designed to treat cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries in dogs. The cranial cruciate ligament is essential for stabilizing the knee joint, and when it is damaged, it can lead to pain, lameness, and joint instability. TPLO surgery involves restructuring the geometry of the knee joint to provide stability without relying on the function of the damaged ligament.

How TPLO Surgery Works

During TPLO surgery, the following steps are typically performed:

  1. Incision: A small incision is made in the knee area to access the joint.
  2. Bone Cut: The tibia (shinbone) is carefully cut and repositioned to change the joint’s angle, reducing stress on the damaged ligament.
  3. Plate and Screws: A metal plate and screws are used to secure the repositioned bone, allowing for proper healing.
  4. Recovery: Pets undergo a period of rehabilitation and physical therapy to regain strength and mobility.

Benefits of TPLO Surgery

TPLO surgery offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Improved Comfort: Relieving pain and discomfort caused by the injured ligament.
  • Stability: Restoring joint stability, allowing your pet to regain full use of their limb.
  • Long-Term Success: TPLO surgery is known for its long-term success in treating CCL injuries.
  • Faster Recovery: Many pets experience a faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.