Expert TPLO Surgery in Ukiah, CA
TPLO surgery, or tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, is a common orthopedic surgery performed on dogs who have torn their CCL (cranial cruciate ligament), which is often compared to the ACL in humans. CCL injuries are the most common orthopedic injury in dogs, so knowing how to repair it is an important skillset! At Mendocino Animal Hospital in Ukiah, CA, we work with a traveling veterinarian with the skills to perform TPLO surgery in dogs and help get them back in shape!
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Mini-Series: Daisy's TPLO Surgery
Follow one of our patients, Daisy, as she journeys through TPLO surgery. Watch a transformation that starts with a limp and ends with a puppy-like demeanor!
What Is a Dog’s CCL?
To understand how TPLO surgery works, we must first understand the function of the CCL. The CCL is the ligament that helps the knee function as a hinge joint. A dog’s hind legs are load-bearing when he stands, meaning the angle in the knee is always under tension. This constant stress on the ligament is why CCL tears are one of the most common injuries. When the ligament tears, the femur rubs up against the tibia every time your dog puts weight on that leg which causes inflammation and pain.
How TPLO Surgery Works
TPLO surgery repairs torn CCL by altering the angle of the tibial plateau that causes so much pain when rubbed against the femur. By cutting the tibial plateau which is the main load-bearing point, and rotating the tibia a mere 5 degrees to reduce the slope, the knee joint is stabilized. A bone graft is secured in place to maintain this repositioning and prevent future destabilization.