We offer TPLO Surgery (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) and extracapsular repair for all breeds of dogs. The TPLO procedure stabilizes the knee by leveling the tibial plateau.
One of the important functions of the cruciate ligament is to prevent forward and backward sliding of the femur on the tibia bone, also known as cranial drawer motion. Rupture of this ligament leads to pain, debilitating lameness and eventual meniscus damage. The TPLO surgery results in a more rapid recovery, better range of motion of the joint, reduced development arthritis and early return to athletic or working activity. For these reasons, the TPLO is considered by most veterinary surgeons to be the “gold standard” for correcting this injury.
TPLO Surgery – How It’s Done
During the TPLO procedure, the surgeon will make a curved cut (osteotomy) in the cranial tibia and rotate the segment so that the load-bearing surface of the tibia is leveled for stable weight bearing. A locking plate is applied to hold the tibia in this new position and allow for the bone to heal. Recovery time following the TPLO procedure ranges usually between 2 to 3 months.
We use the latest Biomedtrix TPLO Curve bone plate. It is a contoured plate curved design which conforms to the natural shape of the tibia. HyProtect® Antimicrobial Coating. This plate has a pure-silver based plasma coating which inhibits the growth of bacteria on the surface of the implant. Click for more information.