At Pittwater Animal Hospital we have a visiting specialist surgeon Dr Eugene Buffa, who comes to our hospital with his team to perform TPLO operations. This is a particularly successful surgical option for dogs with cruciate injuries of their knees and involves remodelling the lower part of the knee.
Dr Jen Stewart will usually be giving pre and post surgery advice. She will discuss the strict restriction of activity that is mandatory after surgery and will recommend aftercare to get your dog back to better mobility.
Patients will need a general anaethetic and stifle xray some time prior to the day of surgery. This is to examine for other complications, assess the extent of arthritis and for Dr Buffa to get measurements for the implants.
On the day of surgery your dog will be kept on iv fluids and pain relief all day and overnight, with most dogs staying two nights in hospital. Your dog will be sent home with pain relief and antibiotics and you can contact us at any time if you are concerned about the progress after surgery.
The TPLO procedure involves changing the shape of the lower bone of the knee (the tibia) and stabilising it with an implant that will remain in the bone for life.
When your dog goes home you must restrict his or her activity as outlined in our information package, for 6 weeks.
Ten days after surgery the sutures are removed and we start a four week course of cartrophen injections. These are given to try to improve joint health, with a repeat course of injections recommended each year, for the rest of your dogs life. .
Many Pittwater dogs have had their knees reconstructed in this manner at Pittwater Animal Hospital and we have in general been very pleased with the results.
If you would like to discuss surgical options for cruciate injuries for your pet, please make an appointment preferably with Dr Jen Stewart.
Please read all the fact sheets below before you book in for surgery.