TPLO Surgery for Dogs in Colma, CA

At Colma Animal Hospital, our experienced veterinary surgeons perform dog TPLO surgery with precision and care. If your pet is need of surgery, you can count on the expertise of the veterinarians at Colma Animal Hospital. We also have an on-call board-certified surgeon available for complex procedures. Call us at (650) 756-1753 or click to the button below to make an appointment online. 

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What is TPLO Surgery?

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) is a surgical procedure designed to treat cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries in dogs. The CCL is similar to the ACL in humans and is crucial for knee stability. When this ligament is injured, it often results in pain, lameness, and arthritis if left untreated.

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The TPLO Procedure

At Colma Animal Hospital, our experienced veterinary surgeons perform TPLO with precision and care.

The procedure involves the following steps:

  • Pre-Surgical Assessment: A thorough examination and imaging (X-rays) to confirm the CCL injury and plan the surgery.
  • Anesthesia and Preparation: Your pet will be safely anesthetized, and the surgical site will be prepared under sterile conditions.
  • Osteotomy and Plate Placement: The surgeon will make a curved cut in the tibia (shin bone) and rotate it to change the angle of the tibial plateau. A specially designed bone plate is then secured to stabilize the new bone position.
  • Post-Surgical Care: Your pet will receive pain management, antibiotics, and detailed post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

TPLO Post-Operative Care

Recovery from TPLO surgery is a critical phase that requires close attention and care.

At Colma Animal Hospital, we provide a comprehensive post-operative care plan, including:

  • Pain Management: Medications to keep your pet comfortable.
  • Physical Therapy: Guidance on exercises and activities to promote healing and regain strength.
  • Osteotomy and Plate Placement: The surgeon will make a curved cut in the tibia (shin bone) and rotate it to change the angle of the tibial plateau. A specially designed bone plate is then secured to stabilize the new bone position.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Regular check-ups to monitor progress and adjust the care plan as needed.

Why Choose TPLO Surgery for Your Dog?

Why Choose TPLO Surgery for Your Dog?

TPLO is considered one of the most effective surgical options for treating CCL injuries. Unlike other methods that rely on the replacement or reinforcement of the ligament, TPLO focuses on altering the mechanics of the knee joint to eliminate the need for a functional CCL. This approach can provide significant benefits:

  • Quick Recovery: Dogs often begin to bear weight on the affected leg within days of surgery.
  • Long-Term Stability: TPLO reduces the likelihood of further joint degeneration and arthritis.
  • High Success Rate: Most dogs return to their normal activity levels post-recovery.

Radiographs: Understanding Your Pet’s X-rays

Radiographs play a critical role in both diagnosing CCL injuries and planning TPLO surgery.

Here's what to expect:

Pre-Surgical Radiographs:

  • Assessment of the Injury: X-rays help visualize the extent of the CCL rupture and any associated joint changes.
  • Measurement of Tibial Plateau Angle: Accurate measurement is essential for effective surgical planning.

Post-Surgical Radiographs:

  • Verification of Surgical Success: Post-operative X-rays ensure the tibial plateau has been correctly positioned and the hardware is secure.
  • Monitoring Healing: Follow-up radiographs are taken to monitor the healing process and ensure the bone is healing properly around the implant.

TPLO Surgery Faq's:

Q: How do I know if my dog needs TPLO surgery?

Signs of a CCL injury include limping, difficulty standing up, decreased activity, and swelling in the knee area. A veterinary examination and radiographs can confirm the diagnosis.

Q: What is the recovery time for TPLO surgery?

A: Most dogs start to show improvement within a few weeks, but full recovery and return to normal activity levels can take about 8-12 weeks, depending on the individual dog and adherence to post-operative care instructions.


Q: Are there any risks associated with TPLO surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, including infection, reaction to anesthesia, and complications related to the implants. However, these risks are minimized through careful surgical technique and post-operative care.

Why Colma Animal Hospital?

Why Colma Animal Hospital?

Choosing Colma Animal Hospital for your dog's TPLO surgery ensures that your beloved companion receives the highest standard of care.

Our team is dedicated to providing:

  • Expertise and Experience: Skilled surgeons with extensive experience in TPLO procedures.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Advanced surgical and diagnostic equipment to ensure the best outcomes.
  • Compassionate Care: A caring and supportive environment for you and your pet throughout the treatment process.
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If your pet is suffering from a CCL injury, don't wait to seek help. Contact Colma Animal Hospital today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how TPLO can restore your pet's mobility and quality of life.

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