What is TPLO Surgery?
TPLO, or tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy, is a surgery performed on dogs to stabilize the stifle joint after ruptures of the cranial cruciate ligament (analogous to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans.
When was TPLO Surgery developed?
The TPLO surgery was developed in 1993 by Dr. Barclay Slocum from Oregon.
How does this happen?
In the vast majority of dogs, the cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) ruptures as a result of long-term degeneration, whereby the fibers within the ligament weaken over time. Some injuries can be acute caused by a quick stop, jumping or a twisting motion. The precise cause of this is not known, but genetic factors are probably most important, with certain breeds being predisposed including: Labradors, Rottweilers, Boxers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Pit Bulls.
What can I expect after surgery?
This surgery generally results in faster recovery times compared to other procedures to stabilize the knee. Most dogs (over 90%) are expected to regain a very active and athletic lifestyle with no post-operative complications and without the need for any long-term pain-relieving medication.
Who will do the surgery?
Dr. Jackman has received post doctorate training in this procedure. He has been preforming TPLO surgeries since 2003 with great success.
Please contact DDAH for a comprehensive orthopedic evaluation of your pet. Dr. Jackman will be happy to go over the procedure and answer any questions you may have.