Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What is TPLO Surgery?

TPLO stands for tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. TPLO is knee surgery to repair the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The bone of the tibia is cut and then rotated to an angle that prevents the bones of the knee joint from slipping. Bone plates are screwed in place to hold the bone while it heals. During surgery, the knee joint is inspected, and damaged meniscus and bone spurs are removed via a small incision into the joint. As far as I can tell, TPLO joins bones together, eliminating the need for the ligament.

I’m wondering if I should plan on starting acupuncture sometime after her surgery. The orthopedic vet is the same vet that does the acupuncture, so he would know if she even needs it! I think she might due to the way she currently twists her good leg around to support herself. She looks quite pigeon-toed when she does that.

Update: Cleo’s fund has $12 more for a total of $22! Slowly but surely we’re getting there!

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