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Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO Surgery)
* Vet Playas is the only recognized hospital in the Tijuana area to offer TPLO Surgery *
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease

Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL/ACL) Injuries:

TPLO surgery is one the most popular Orthopedic Surgeries, developed by Dr. Barclay Slocum. TPLO Surgery involves making a curved cut in the tibia from the front to the back. The top section of the tibia is then rotated backward. Typically, between 2 and 14 degrees, with 5 degrees being the ideal angle. A surgical grade stainless steel plate is then used to affix the two sections of tibia in the desired positions.

Signs of a Torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL):

A torn CCL in dogs may seem to come on suddenly, but in most cases the ligament has been weakening for months. Once limping is observed, pet parents tend to notice a pattern of chronic intermittent lameness lasting for 48 to 72 hours. The limping can be severe or mild.

Here are additional signs that your dog might have a torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL):

Mild to severe weakening of the thigh muscles in the affected limb
Thickening of the bony part of the affected knee
A decreased range of motion in the affected knee
An asymmetric sitting posture in which the lower part of the limb is angled away from the body
Some of these signs can be very subtle to nonexistent. Overt pain is not a common sign of a torn CCL. While the knee may be uncomfortable to move, lameness may be due to instability rather than discomfort.

What is the success rate of TPLO surgery in dogs?

The success rate of TPLO Surgery is extremely high, with as great as 90 percent of dogs who undergo TPLO surgery returning to normal or almost normal function.”
TPLO Surgery and TTA Surgery have basically the same success rate.

TPLO Surgery Recovery and Rehabilitation:

While every case is unique, most of the patients that undergo TPLO Surgery here at Vet Playas Veterinary Hospital are able to walk out of the hospital the same day of surgery. A limp will still be present, but the vast majority are at least toe touching. At time of your pet’s discharge from Vet Playas Veterinary Hospital, we supply you with detailed TPLO Surgery recovery and rehabilitation instructions. If at any point during the post-operative recovery and rehabilitation process you have any questions or concerns, we will be available to you. We are very responsive to all of our clients, and motivated to resolve any concerns you have regarding your pet’s recovery, as we are fully aware that great outcomes have everything to do with attentive follow-up.

** Included in the price of TPLO Surgery is post-surgery care. The staples or stitches to be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery and a 1 month follow up examination with X-Ray(s).

TPLO Surgery and TTA Surgery have basically the same Recovery and Rehabilitation.