At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, IL, we can provide TPLO orthopedic surgery for pets to improve their mobility.
Pet TPLO Surgery by Our Homer Glen Veterinarian
What is TPLO?
In the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedure, damaged areas of the meniscus are removed. Then a portion of the tibia is cut and rotated to provide better stability of the joint during movement. Veterinarians see many dogs with cranial cruciate ligament damage. This ligament is similar to the ACL in humans and can be vulnerable to injury. A number of procedures are available to repair these injuries. The TPLO procedure is the most reliable and researched method for surgical repair.
Understanding TPLO Surgery
The cranial cruciate ligament connects the femur, or upper leg, of the animal to the tibia or lower leg. Problems can develop when the ligament weakens and fails to prevent the femur from sliding over the tibial bone during movement. Over time, this action can cause progressive damage to the ligament. In the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedure, damaged areas of the meniscus are removed, and then, a portion of the tibia is cut and rotated to provide better stability of the joint during movement. A period of rehabilitation is required after the surgery to ensure proper healing and recovery. The procedure has a high rate of success and has allowed many animals to enjoy normal activities again.
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury in Pets
Dog owners may notice their pet experiencing lameness, ranging from slight and occasional to complete inability to put weight on the leg. They may notice swelling on the inside of the knee joint. The problem tends to occur in very active animals, but any dog can be vulnerable to damage of the ligament. Genetic factors appear to also play a part in these injuries.
Some Pets May Be More Susceptible To Cranial Cruciate Ligament Problems
Studies of CCL injuries have indicated that some breeds are more susceptible to issues than others. Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, and other large breeds are vulnerable to CCL tears, but some medium and small dogs acquire these injuries, as well. Smaller dogs may respond to conservative treatment of the injury, but large dogs generally require surgery to support their greater weight.
Make Colonial Manor Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Homer Glen, IL
Dr. Ihrke, Dr. Taylor, and Dr. Weber combine their many years of experience to provide quality care for their patients in Homer Glen, IL, and nearby communities. We offer a range of veterinary services, including preventive care, dental care, diagnostics, and surgery. Call Colonial Manor Animal Hospital today at (708) 301-8200 for an appointment to discuss your pet’s problem and learn more about TPLO surgery.