TPLO Pet Surgery Performed by an Edmonton, Alberta Vet
As pets age, their joints wear out. Excess weight stresses the joints as well. Additionally, injuries happen to your four-legged friend as a result of animal attacks and even falling. If your dog or cat suffers from a knee injury, a veterinarian in Edmonton, Alberta is able to help. Using a surgical procedure known as a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), our vet at Hampton Animal Hospital, serving Edmonton, Alberta, and the surrounding area, is able to have your pet walking comfortably once again.
What is TPLO Surgery?
The TPLO is surgery is a common orthopedic procedure conducted on pets, especially dogs. Our veterinarian uses it to correct a tear in the cranial cruciate ligament, sometimes referred to as the dog ACL. The cranial cruciate ligament is located inside of an animal's knee and is important in stabilizing the joint. When your pet stands, the knee is always bent, placing a great deal of pressure on the joint and its components. The joint always carries weight, so it's highly susceptible to injury. In fact, a tear in this ligament is the most common orthopedic injury in both dogs and cats. Keep in mind, your pet is even more vulnerable to an injury to the cranial cruciate ligament as he or she ages.
The purpose of the surgery is to change the structure of the knee, so the ligament in the knee isn't necessary for stability. During surgery, our vet cuts the bone and rotates it. The tibial plateau, which is the area where the femur and tibia connect, can no longer slide backward. This causes the knee to become stabilized. The surgery eliminates the need for the cranial cruciate ligament, so your pet is able to resume bearing weight on the knee once again, usually within days of the surgery.
History of the Procedure
Our vet wants you to feel secure during your pet's procedure, which is why we only utilize treatments that have a been clinically proven as safe and effective over the course of time. This particular procedure arose as a radical procedure developed by Dr. Barclay Slocum over 20 years ago but has had a long history of working to correct a torn cranial cruciate ligament.
Complications of the Surgery
Generally, the surgery is relatively safe, especially when performed by a qualified veterinarian in Edmonton, Alberta. The most common complication of the surgery is an infection. You as a pet owner have the ability to reduce your pet's risk by following our care instructions regarding the incision. For instance, no matter how much your pet hates it, you must keep the Elizabethan collar (E-collar) on your pet to prevent him or her from licking the wound.