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TPLO for Partial or Full Canine ACL Tear

Dog ACL tears are a common injury and fortunately, one that we are able to treat successfully at Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab. If your dog has an ACL tear, the TPLO is the optimal treatment method to get them back to comfort and full, fun-loving activity.

Helpful information when you are researching TPLO Surgery for your dog. 

What signs indicate my dog might have an ACL Tear? 

Almost all dogs with ACL problems sit to the side, even when sitting for a treat. Sometimes the lameness comes on quickly but often it's a gradual, progressive problem. It is not uncommon for the problem to wax and wane for weeks or even months. Watch the sit test video to see how a dog with an ACL tear might sit.

How is arthroscopy used to confirm the diagnosis?

ACL tears are best diagnosed by an arthroscopic examination at the start of surgery. Arthroscopy is extremely accurate and non-invasive. In this day and age, virtually no open orthopedic surgical procedure should be performed prior to obtaining an accurate, non-invasive arthroscopic diagnosis. Watch the video with Dr. Bauer to better understand ACL Tear diagnosis.

Why TPLO is the best option? The TPLO has the highest success rate and unlike other techniques, does not break down requiring additional surgery. The TPLO is the strongest technique available.

What is TPLO recovery like? Dogs recover wonderfully following TPLO surgery at Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab. All are comfortable immediately after surgery and most walk out of the clinic the day of surgery. The TPLO is the strongest repair available and, although, dogs are not allowed to run unattended for 12 weeks, all patients are able to have house activity and go for relatively long on-leash walks soon after surgery.

What ACL repair technique would board certified surgeons choose for their own dog? In a recent published survey, most board certified surgeons would choose the TPLO if their dog had an ACL tear.

I believe my dog has an ACL Tear, where do I start?

  1. The first step in the process is your initial consult and evaluation. We’re available when you need us. At this consultation you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your dog’s specific injury, learn more about the TPLO, ask questions, understand costs and schedule your dog’s surgery. Surgery may be scheduled and performed on the same day as your initial evaluation. 
  2. On the day of surgery you are welcome to stay with your pet in one of our private exam rooms, or you may leave your pet with us to be monitored in our treatment area. After surgery you can hang out with your dog once they’re awake. A client coordinator will go over a comprehensive discharge packet. The surgeon will call you that evening and you will be given your surgeon's personal cell phone number.

Recovery and Rehab

Dogs recover extremely well following a TPLO surgery. You can expect your dog to be comfortable immediately after surgery. Most dogs are using the surgery leg the very next day. The total healing process takes about 12 weeks. During healing your dog can have house activity and lots of leash walks.

Physical rehabilitation has been shown to help dogs recover faster from orthopedic surgery. Our rehab department offers a full rehab program that is specifically designed for TPLO’s, and caters to your dog’s needs during recovery. 

Why choose Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab?

  • We have performed more than 10,000 TPLO surgeries over the past 20 years.
  • We are the only canine orthopedic specific practice in this region of the country.
  • All of our surgeons are board certified.
  • All ACL tear diagnoses are confirmed via non-invasive arthroscopy.
  • Our patients are able to go home the day of surgery.
  • Our prices are extremely competitive.

What can I expect when choosing Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab for my Dog’s TPLO surgery?

At Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab you can be assured that you will understand every step of the TPLO surgery process. Our doctors and staff are committed not only to providing the highest level of care for your pet, but because we know how stressful this is for you, we are equally dedicated to taking great care of you! Non-invasive arthroscopy will be used to confirm the diagnosis and thanks to new nerve block technology, your dog will be able to go home the day of surgery!

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