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TPLO surgery for Cruciate Ligament Rupture


Cruciate ligament injury is a very common cause of lameness in young and middle aged dogs and we offer the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy) for treatment of the disease in dogs weighing over 10kg (smaller dogs are treated with a different procedure). The TPLO procedure involves making a curved cut in the tibia to create a bone fragment (or osteotomy). This osteotomy is then rotated and secured in place with a strong metal plate implant and screws. This results in changed forces through the knee effectively removing the need for a cruciate ligament for the joint to feel stable and pain free.


The TPLO has been performed by veterinary specialists for many years and is considered to be superior to other osteotomy techniques with less post operative complications and faster return to normal function. We are pleased to be able to offer this procedure at Southcoast Animal Hospital as an alternative to seeing a veterinary orthopaedic specialist.

If your dog has been diagnosed with cruciate ligament disease call us for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Graeme or Dr Gareth who will discuss the procedure in full and answer any questions you have.

We have had great results with the procedure and enjoy seeing our patients get back to enjoying their walks, beach trips and ball chasing as they did before they ruptured their cruciate ligament! If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to ask our team.

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