We see a lot of pets arriving at the clinic with pain, lameness or limping of a hind leg. Unfortunately, this usually indicates that they may have ruptured their cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Sadly ruptured cruciate ligaments have a huge impact on the mobility and activity of beloved furry friends and without treatment this injury can cause longterm pain and discomfort.
Most CCL ruptures are diagnosed through physical examination of the sore leg and confirmed by Xray. If your furry friend has been diagnosed with a ruptured CCL, you might have heard about a surgical option called Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO). This surgery is a popular choice for treating CCL injuries in dogs. Most times it can help them regain their mobility and lead a normal life. In this article, we’ll explain what TPLO surgery is, how it works, and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.