TPLO - Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy - Pets

The TPLO stands for the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. This was the first of the new generation techniques for torn cruciate ligament repair.  This technique, pioneered in the nineties, changes the angle of the top of the shinbone (the bottom side of the knee joint) flattening it and reducing the tension on the cruciate ligament.  In effect, the cruciate ligament is no longer necessary for normal knee movement. The top of the shinbone (the Tibial Plateau) is cut (an osteotomy) and the top surface is rotated (or leveled) and plated back into its new position. The advantage of this and the TTA method is that bone will heal in about two months in its new position.  It is then permanent; there is no suture to break later on. This technique is technically more demanding than the TTA procedure and requires a boarded surgeon to be brought into the hospital. This does increase the cost of the procedure over the TTA and Extracapsular methods.  Please call for a quote and to answer any questions.