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TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery is a widely recognized veterinary procedure designed to address cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries in dogs. The CCL, comparable to the human anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), is vital for stabilizing the knee joint. When it tears or becomes damaged, dogs can experience lameness, pain, and joint instability. TPLO surgery involves reshaping the tibial plateau, altering its angle to eliminate the need for the CCL's stabilizing function. A crescent-shaped cut is made in the tibia, followed by repositioning of the bone to achieve a more biomechanically balanced joint. This technique not only minimizes joint instability but also prevents the painful grinding that can occur with a torn CCL. TPLO surgery is known for its effectiveness in restoring mobility and enhancing the quality of life for dogs of various sizes and activity levels, making it a sought-after solution for CCL injuries.
Dr.Franchini has been specially trained to perform this and many other orthopedic surgical procedures. She has successfully treated hundreds of pets with CCL and other orthopedic injuries. If you fear your pet may be experiencing lameness due to an orthopedic injury, call to schedule a consultation with Dr.Franchini today.