TPLO Surgery: ACL Surgery for Dogs and Cats
Cruciate ligament rupture or disease is a common orthopedic condition in dogs and cats and a frequent cause of hindlimb lameness.
While an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture in humans is a common sports-related injury, dogs more commonly suffer from cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries because of a degenerative process. This results in the CCL weakening over time and causing it to tear gradually and cause osteoarthritis.
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How can I prevent osteoarthritis in my dog or cat?
The mainstay of treating cruciate ligament disease in dogs and cats is osteoarthritis management through maintaining a lean body weight, regular exercise, joint supplements and controlling pain. However, surgical stabilization of the stifle (or knee joint) is often recommended to maximize return to function and slow osteoarthritis.
There are a number of surgeries designed for treating CCL conditions in dogs and cats, with each one being dependent on your pet and the type of injury.
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If you’re concerned about osteoarthritis in your pet or have questions about TPLO surgery, contact our highly skilled team of veterinary doctors and technicians.
What are the signs my cat or dog has a cruciate ligament injury?
Dogs and cats are good at hiding orthopedic problems like a ruptured cruciate ligament or torn ACL, and the fact that they can’t tell us what’s wrong presents a challenge. However, there are many signs and symptoms that are easily recognizable and help indicate when it’s time to take your animal in for treatment.
Orthopedic Injuries We Treat
Recovery after TPLO
Recovery from TPLO or orthopedic surgery happens in stages. Skin sutures are removed around two weeks after surgery, during which time a collar to prevent self-trauma is indicated. Bone healing is typically visible on radiographs (x-rays) six to eight weeks after surgery.
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Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Bleakley specializes in minimally invasive surgery techniques, combining advanced veterinary surgical training with state-of-the-art technology to minimize the impact of TPLO and other surgeries for your dog or cat.
CARE Surgery Center
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6677 W. Thunderbird Rd. L188
Glendale, AZ 85306
19035 W. Capitol Dr. Ste J101
Brookfield, WI 53045
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