My veterinarian has recommended a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) to fix my dog’s CCL. Can you tell me more about this surgery?

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Hi there, thanks for the question...

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomies or TPLO's are considered to be a major advancement in the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament / anterior cruciate ligament rupture.

Basically, this technique attempts to change the angle of the tibia and femur bones so that the amount of shift in the knee joint during a stride is reduced (less mechanical stress). Stability in the knee is improved and the risk of osteoarthritis developing in the knee joint later down the line is reportedly lower.

The surgery involves making a curved incision in the tibia (front to back)... like how you would draw a smile, Afterwards the top part of the tibia is rotated back until the corrective angle is achieved. Metal bone plates are then used to fix the bones into the new alignment.

Hope that answers your question. Recovery times are usually short and success rate is high.

Good luck and let us know how things go.

David Brooks BVetMed

| 11.19.15 @ 21:16
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