When does a vet suggest TPLO surgery for a dog?

When a dog damages a cruciate ligament in their back leg, the vet may suggest TPLO surgery. But what do those four letters mean and what are the implications for the dog? This article aims to demystify the TPLO procedure, answer frequently asked questions, and help owners understand what TPLO recovery means for them and their dog.

What’s the role of the owner after TPLO surgery?

After the specialist surgeon has done their work, it’s up to the owner to care for their dog during the long TPLO surgery recovery period. The owner’s role is just as important as the surgeon’s because and over-active dog could cause implant failure or worse.

How long does it take to recover from TPLO surgery?

Any skin sutures are removed around 10 days after surgery. Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy recovery is staged over several weeks. It starts with total rest and the patient being confined to a crate or small room, for around two weeks.

Do you need to give your dog pain medication after TPLO?

Be sure to follow her instructions for any further wound care or pain management. However, dogs usually don’t need pain medication after the first couple days. TPLO recovery is usually free of complications, but you’ll want to keep an eye out for symptoms that your dog needs veterinary attention.

What will happen to my dog after surgery?

When monitoring a leg after surgery, a dog owner should look for excessive swelling, redness, pain, and oozing from the incision site. Side effects of medication can also occur and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and a decrease in appetite.

What to expect when your pet is having surgery?

Incisions that feel hot, are painful when touched, or have visible gaps between the wound edges are also cause for concern. “Some surgeries will have more bruising, draining, or swelling than others, and most veterinarians will tell you to watch for it when you take your pet home,” Sykes says.

What to expect after a pet limb amputation?

If you have to have your dog’s leg amputated, here is what you can expect after surgery: Pain. While the surgical site may look gruesome and painful after a limb amputation, most dogs are not in a lot of pain afterwards. Dogs are usually up and walking within 12 to 24 hours after surgery.

Why is TPLO performed on dogs?

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is commonly performed to treat dogs suffering from cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture . Clients often have questions regarding the benefits of this procedure, expected success rates, and why this surgery is recommended over other treatment options.