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Our goal is to make your dog active again. From “fetch” to a walk in the park we hope to bring a limping, painful knee back to normal function.
•Cruciate [ACL] Rupture
•TPLO and TTA
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement
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The TPLO limits tibial thrust by reducing the angle of the joint itself. In a normal knee joint the angle of the tibial plateau[ shelf created by the lower leg bone or tibia] may be 20-30 degrees; hence when force is applied to the leg the tibia tends to “thrust” forward. By rotating the tibial plateau through the osteotomy[bone cut] the new joint becomes nearly “flat” making it difficult for “tibial thrust” to occur. We prefer this procedure to the TTA[ Tibial Tuberosity Advancement] for its extra strength and sparing effect on the meniscus which can tear more commonly with the TTA
The TTA accomplishes this [Limitation of Tibial Thrust] by dragging the femur back into its normal position through tension placed on the patellar ligament. This broad ligament now acts as the new cruciate ligament to prevent instability of the joint.