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Posted on 12-21-2016
Our staff at Edmonton South Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing our local pet owners and their pets with high quality animal medicine services. If your animal is hurt or injured, we know that you care about minimizing its pain and maximizing its quality of life, both as soon as possible. If you're a pet owner, we want you to know that we are proud to be one of the only veterinary clinics in the area providing TPLO surgery for dogs and cats struggling with a torn ligament in the knee.
What Is TPLO Surgery?
TPLO stands for tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. It is an innovative surgical procedure that can resolve symptoms of pain and dysfunction caused by a torn ligament located in a dog or cat's knee, called the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). The CCL is similar to the ACL in a human knee, and is used to maintain normal knee joint mobility. A torn CCL can lead to pain, immobility, and decreased activity tolerance. Unfortunately, this can lead to severe lameness and chronic pain if it is not surgically corrected.
TPLO surgery can relieve signs and symptoms associated with a ruptured CCL by surgically rotating a part of your animal's leg called the tibial plateau. This effectively eliminates the need of the CCL to support the knee and reduces pressure on the injured ligament, thus allowing it to heal without the need for prolonged immobilization of your animal.
What Are The Benefits Of TPLO Surgery?
Compared to other surgical techniques, TPLO surgery is believed to promote a faster recovery time, improved range of motion, and a decreased risk of arthritis later on.
Who Is TPLO Surgery For?
TPLO surgery is performed on dogs and cats who have injured their CCL. Signs and symptoms of a CCL rupture include limping, lameness, and trouble standing up. This is more likely to happen in dogs and cats who are:
It's reasonable to discuss TPLO surgery as a potential solution for any dog or cat who has injured its CCL. That said, not every animal struggling with a CCL rupture should undergo TPLO surgery, especially older dogs and cats or animals with other underlying health problems. If your cat or dog has been diagnosed with a ruptured CCL, our Edmonton veterinarian team will take the time necessary to help you make the best informed decision for treatment. This may including a discussion of TPLO surgery and whether it's a good choice for your animal.
At our animal hospital, our Edmonton veterinarian team is 100% committed to providing state-of-the-art, innovative, effective, and affordable veterinary services for pet owners and their pets from our community. To schedule an appointment with one of our highly experienced veterinarians, or to learn more about our advanced orthopedic services, including TPLO surgery, call us today at (780) 666-7374.
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