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TPLO Surgery Dogs

TPLO surgery for your dog may be the best option for your pet after you have carefully weighed all of the other surgical and non-surgical options for canine cruciate ligament (CCL) repair available.  This article will provide you with a general overview of what the TPLO dog surgery entails, and how much you can expect a TPLO repair to cost.

What is a dog TPLO surgery?

TPLO stands for Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, which in simple english means that they are changing the bones of the knee joint to make them work in a different, more “level” manner.  The veterinary surgeon will start by making an incision in your dog’s injured leg, and the cut will be made down the length of the leg.  Through this incision the veterinarian will then access the injured acl (or ccl as it is more properly called in dogs) and begin by removing the severed, torn and/or ruptured ends of the ligament.  Once the cranial cruciate ligament damage has been removed, a cut is made in the top of the tibia.  Measurements are then taken and compared to those from the pre-op x-ray, and the tibial plateau is positioned to make the slope of the knee level.  A plate is then screwed into the top of the bone to allow the bone to heal in its new angular position; the metal plates can be removed later, although this involves another procedure.  To read more about this surgery click TPLO Surgery Procedure.

TPLO Cost?

TPLO Repair CostA Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy is a difficult veterinary procedure, and you should expect to be billed accordingly.  While prices vary across the US, I can tell you first hand an estimate I received for my 90 pound dog.  The estimate came with both a high and low price, and included all of the pre and post operative care, barring any complications, which are not included.  This estimate was from a veterinary speciality hospital, and my dog would have stayed overnight following the surgery with monitoring and pain control.  The low end of the estimate was $3,892.79 and the high end of the estimate was $4,03.58 for TPLO surgery.  The lowest quote I have seen for a TPLO knee repair was $2,500 at a rural veterinary clinic in one of the midwestern states, and I have heard up to $6-7,000 for a TPLO acl surgery at one of the leading veterinary school’s affiliated clinics.  Vets are aware that the cost of a TPLO surgery for your dog can be a difficult burden, and many are willing to work with you to cut out on extra costs and/or create payment plans.

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2 Responses to TPLO Surgery Dogs

  1. cindy November 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    my dog tore her ligaments in both her back legs two different times and she healed just fine without surgery and she was not a young dog. I would strongly recommend waiting if the ligament is not torn completely. Also I have heard good results using laser surgery if you must which is alot less expensive.

  2. Julie January 12, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    When my Newfie was barely 2 years old, she tore her ligament in her right leg and I opted for TPLO surgery. It was not a good experience for her or me, and after 3 months, she began limping on her other leg and had to go through the surgery again. She still limped months after her second surgery and the surgeon had no real answers for me. He did recommend a supplement called Myristol and within weeks of taking it, she stopped limping and is back to her old self. That was about a year and a half ago. I wish I had known about this supplement before the surgery as I would have given it a try before putting her through that pain. I would recommend it to anyone with large dogs prone to such injuries. The least expensive website I have found that carries Myristol is called Canine Arthritis Solutions. Good luck to anyone going through this with their dog and hope this helps!

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