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Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy and TPLO

Recent studies have shown that Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies heal faster when treated with Acoustic Shockwave Therapy also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). Extracorporeal means outside of the body and refers to the method the acoustic waves are applied.  Acoustic shock wave therapy involves generation of an acoustic wave that is transmitted through a “trode” which looks similar to an ultrasound probe used in obstetrics. As the wave travels through the tissue, cells are activated to produce proteins that “turn on healing”.

In the TPLO study mentioned above, a group of dogs underwent postoperative acoustic shock wave therapy immediately after surgery and at the time of suture removal. A similar number of dogs of approximately the same size, weight, age, etc. were used as the non-treatment group for comparison.  

At four weeks the acoustic shock wave group had significantly higher healing scores based on radiographic (X-ray) evaluation and all of the acoustic shock wave osteotomies were healed at 8 weeks compared to less than half of the non-treatment group.

The acoustic shock wave devise used in the study is distributed by PulseVet® and is called the VersaTron® 4Paws. This is the same unit used at Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab.

Costs for acoustic shock wave therapy are nominal. Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab is charging a minimal amount to cover hard costs in order to provide this advanced technology and help obtain additional information regarding enhanced TPLO healing.

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