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TPLO Surgery

Cranial cruciate ligament rupture of the knee joint is the most common orthopedic injury seen in dogs. Approximately 1 in 700 people suffer from this injury but approximately 1 in 70 dogs are diagnosed with this injury each year. It can be crippling if left untreated. Over the last 20 years, a technique known as TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) has become a quite popular surgical technique to deal with cranial cruciate ligament rupture in the dog. Through a cut through the upper portion of the tibia and realignment of the knee joint, the forces are modified in such a way that an intact cranial cruciate ligament is no longer needed for normal function of the knee. A bone plate and screws are utilized to maintain alignment.

The TPLO was designed by a veterinary surgeon in the United States named Dr. Barclay Slocum out of Eugene Oregon. It was the first veterinary surgery that was ever patented. One of his goals was to design a repair method that allowed working/performance dogs to return to work following repair. With a TPLO, this is often achieved.

At VCA Canada Tri Lake Animal Hospital & Referral Centre, located near Kelowna and Vernon in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, the TPLO method of repair is done by a board-certified specialist in small animal surgery. We feel that a surgical specialist is best qualified to perform the TPLO procedure. This insures the owner and patient of the best result. We accept referrals from across the Okanagan and all over the province of B.C. From as nearby as Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton and Kamloops all the way to Prince George, Victoria and beyond.

The TPLO was originally done mainly in dogs over 15 kg (33 pounds) but the TPLO is now considered by many the best repair procedure in any size patient to repair a damaged cranial cruciate ligament.

Dr. Jordan meets with all his patients to fully assess their condition and he will discuss their treatment plan and aftercare in detail with you. Pre & post operative radiographs (x-rays) are taken to confirm diagnosis and to review the surgery on completion. Pre and post operative pain management ensures your furry family member is as comfortable as possible during their stay with us and they will be monitored by a veterinary nurse not just during the procedure but through the night and there is always a doctor on call 24 hours a day. When your pet is ready to go home you will meet with a veterinary nurse, who will go through their aftercare in detail with you and all information will be provided in writing as sometimes there is a lot to remember. Once they have gone home with you then we will monitor their progress through regular rechecks and a complimentary physiotherapy session, including hydrotherapy in the Okanagan’s only underwater treadmill and exercises you can do at home with them to ensure that they are back on all four paws as soon as possible. We are available on the phone or via email during your pet’s recovery time and beyond if you have any questions about your pet’s care.

Full estimates are provided before any surgery covering your pet’s plan treatment from start to finish so there are no unexpected surprises or hidden costs. Your family vet will be kept up to date throughout and will receive copies all reports, radiographs (if done) and test results so they have a complete record of your pet’s care at the hospital.

VCA Canada Tri Lake Animal Hospital & Referral Centre is conveniently located in the Okanagan, just on the outskirts of Kelowna B.C and about 15 miles south of Vernon, B.C. It is only a 10 minute drive (north) from the Kelowna airport.

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