Rupture of the cruciate ligament is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs, particularly larger breeds, such as Rottweilers and Labradors. The team at Walnut Lake Animal Hospital have special training in TPLO surgery, the advanced treatment of canine cruciate ligament repair.
What is the Cruciate Ligament?
The cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL for short, is very similar to the ACL in humans. It is responsible for providing stability to a dog’s knee joint. When this ligament becomes torn or damaged, the knee cannot hinge properly, which can lead to pain and mobility issues. While these injuries may appear suddenly, they most often occur due to a prolonged period of undetected deterioration.
What is TPLO Treatment?
There are a number of different surgical techniques that are commonly used to repair CCL injuries. The procedure recommended and routinely performed at Walnut Lake Animal Hospital is known as tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). This technique has shown to be superior to other types of treatments for a number of reasons, including:
- Faster recovery period
- Better range of motion for the joint
- Faster return to activity
- Lower risk of arthritis development
TPLO services are available for current patients as well as referrals and second opinions.
If you have any questions on TPLO or cruciate ligament issues, please contact Walnut Lake Animal Hospital. We’d be happy to discuss your pup’s specific needs and schedule an appointment for a professional evaluation.