The TPLO is an advanced procedure which stabilizes the knee by leveling the tibial plateau allowing the femur to sit firmly while the leg is in motion. During the TPLO procedure, the surgeon will make a curved cut in the top of the tibia and rotate the segment to level the slope. A plate and screws are applied to hold the tibia in this position and allow for the bone to heal. Recovery following TPLO surgery often occurs more rapidly and patients are able to return to normal function much sooner in comparison to other surgical methods . In our experience, patients will begin walking within 24 hours following surgery and begin weight bearing on the operated limb in less than five days. Additionally, the TPLO results in better range of motion and less arthritis long term versus other surgical methods.
When selecting a TPLO surgeon, it is important to consider experience and verify licensure. In order to perform the TPLO, the veterinarian must receive advanced training and become licensed. Dr. Groves is one of only a hand full of TPLO licensed veterinarians in Southwest Florida. Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)