We know you have a variety of questions about TPLO surgery for your dog. We've answered many commonly asked questions here, but you can be certain your dog's surgeon will answer any of your questions prior to and after surgery.
Q: Does my pet have to spend the night in the hospital?
A: No. Virtually all dogs undergoing TPLO at Colorado Canine Orthopedics can be discharged the day of surgery. Of course we have a fully staffed 24/7 ICU if your pet does spend the night.
Q: Will this technique have a negative affect on the opposite leg?
A: No. The TPLO provides the best possible outcome with no negative affect on the opposite leg.
Q: Will the opposite knee have the same problem?
A: Forty percent of all dogs with Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture on one side will have the problem on the opposite side. The most effective ways to decrease this percentage are early surgical repair to allow for even weight distribution and weight loss in obese dogs.
Q: Is TPLO only for large dogs?
A: No. Many small and toy breed dogs have the greatest degree of tibial plateau slope. Small breed dogs typically have excellent outcomes following TPLO surgery.
Q: What technique would Colorado Canine Orthopedic's surgeons perform on their own dogs?
A: Unquestionably the TPLO
Q: Is the postoperative period more difficult following TPLO than following older techniques?
A: In our opinion, it is not. Bone is an ideal tissue because it heals better than soft tissues and it can be stabilized very securely using a bone plate. In numerous situations, where an older technique had been performed on one side and a TPLO performed on the other side, clients have said the TPLO side healed quicker and with less discomfort.
Q: Can a TPLO be performed on an animal when an older technique has failed?
A: Yes. In many cases, we have successfully performed TPLOs in patients with failed TTAs, tightrope repairs or older replacement techniques.
Q: Will my dog experience pain in the postoperative period?
A: Minimal. All dogs undergoing TPLO at Colorado Canine Orthopedics are given a morphine epidural. Most clients feel their pet's discomfort level is quite tolerable.
Q: How long does it take for healing?
A: The osteotomy takes 2-3 months to heal. During this time your pet can have a reasonable amount of leash activity.
Q: How many TPLOs have the doctors at Colorado Canine Orthopedics performed?
A: Our Doctors have more than 50 years of combined experience as surgeons. They have performed over 10,000 knee surgeries, including arthroscopy and TPLO procedures.
Q: How will I know how to care for my pet after surgery?
A: At Colorado Canine Orthopedics we prepare a detailed set of written discharge instructions for each patient. We carefully review this information with you prior to discharge.
Q: What should I expect when I get home the night of surgery?
A: Your pet will most likely be able to walk (but not well) when you get home. Most patients find their comfort zone once home and sleep the evening and night away. Your pet’s surgeon will call the night of surgery to check on your pet and answer any questions. You will also be given the doctors’ home phone number in case you have urgent questions or concerns in the evenings or on weekends.