TTA is the abbreviation for tibial tuberosity advancement. The TTA is among the newer techniques (Tightrope repair is the newest surgical procedure for CCL repairs) for cranial cruciate ligament repair of the canine stifle, making its appearance roughly 10 years ago. Biomechanically speaking, the procedure is very similar to the TPLO, but without many of the risks.
The TTA is, in fact, a simpler procedure for veterinary surgeons to perform than the TPLO, and works to correct the injured stifle without over correcting the angle. Basically during a TTA surgery the veterinarian will make an incision in the bone and move the tibia slightly forward. The vet will then place a titanium implant on the joint, changing the angle of the knee joint and providing stability.
Below is the cost estimate I received for my dog to have TTA surgery.
1) My dog in an American Bulldog weighing roughly 90 pounds (normal weight), and is 5 years old.
2) He is in good health with no pre-existing conditions that would complicate anesthesia or surgery.
3) This estimate, although some of the information has been blacked out to protect privacy, is from a speciality veterinary clinic with veterinary surgeons who specialize in cranial cruciate ligament repair surgeries in dogs.
4) I live in Southern California, and this estimate is from a veterinary office in that area.
I received a low cost estimate for the TTA of $2800.00 and a high end cost estimate for the TTA of $3200.00.
This TTA cost estimate included:
- Surgical fees
- Post operative x-rays
- Post operative medications, including pain control meds during the surgery and to take home
- 4 post operative visits, including x-rays