TPLO Surgery: Get Proactive with Alternative Solutions

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) is one of the most widely used procedures in repairing cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) tears in dogs.  TPLO surgery is commonly referred to as a dog's torn ACL.  TPLO surgery is EASILY the most common orthopedic surgery performed on dogs, as a whopping 85% of all dog orthopedic injuries are orthopedic tears.

TPLO Basics

Because of this bending (ie. flexion), the ACL inside the knee joint is always load-bearing, meaning it always has tension on it. In this case Tension =

TPLO Alternative Natural Solutions

Stress. There are two ligaments in a pet’s knee joint–the cranial cruciate ligament and the caudal cruciate ligament. These ligaments are responsible for helping the knee function as a hinge joint, and help to prevent rotation between the femur (upper bone) and tibia (lower bone, AKA shin bone). The meniscus helps to act as a cushion between the tibia and femur.  A torn CCL causes pain and immobility.  Over time, the joint will continue to degenerate, resulting in pain, chronic arthritis and lameness.

During the surgery, the surgeon cuts the tibial plateau (the load bearing area of the knee) and repositions it in a 5 degree angle. The stifle (knee joint) will then be stable for the animal when bearing weight.

The surgeon performs the TPLO by cutting, rotating (to reduce excessive slope), and then repositioning the tibia. The bone graft is secured into place using a specially designed bone plate and screws.

Typical recovery time can range anywhere from two months to six months.  The dogs that are most susceptible to ACL tears are the larger dogs such as Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Golden Retrievers.  Obese animals and those that get occasional strenuous exercise may also be more likely to develop CCL injuries.  

Studies have shown that about half of the dogs that rupture the CCL on one leg will develop the condition in the opposite leg.

The average cost of TPLO surgery ranges from $3,500 to $5,500

Alternative Solutions to TPLO

I am not sure about you guys, but neither myself or my dog want to get a bone cut and have metal screws placed in my body!  I would also rather save the $3,500 to $5,500 and spoil my dog if at all possible.  So let's talk about alternative options!

  1. BE PROACTIVE - We have been dealing with so many dogs....and in general we deal with older dogs (i.e. joint pain, arthritis, post-surgery pain) or younger dogs with chronic inflammation (i.e. skin allergies).  It is VERY rare that we deal with a healthy dog or owner that wants to be proactive.  So my message to every owner is to get off your butt and be PROACTIVE!.  No need to wait until there is a problem.  Take it head on and become aggressive.  The more you can set a foundation of health the better quality of life your dog is going to have.  More natural solutions to promote health means less synthetic medication and surgeries.  That works for me and the majority of our dogs!
  2. Get your dog on natural supplementation to promote strength and joint health! - Of course we are biased to our K9 Revive Dog Supplement.  Our dog supplement promotes increased oxygen uptake, blood flow circulation, ligament and tendon healing, expedites healing and recovery, has anti-inflammatory properties, and boosts the immune system.  The sooner any dog starts taking our supplement means our dogs will have a solid foundation to optimize health for the future and ward off disease.
  3. PEMF - Start incorporating PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field).  We have not found a better piece of equipment to utilize on our dogs than PEMF.  PEMF pulses at the healing frequency of the earth and has the power to get through tissue and nerves that other things cannot touch.  This will aid strength, recovery, joint health, and boost the immune system.  Our dogs respond faster than humans because they are smaller and their metabolic rates are higher.  Moreover, when our dogs are taking a fantastic product like our K9 Revive Dog Supplement the uptake of nutrients is delivered more efficiently.  Having a powerful PEMF like our 2.5 TESLA (25,000 GAUSS) is more power than needed to help our dogs.  But we typically see an improvement after ONE 30 Minute Session.  Depending on the condition of the dog I would recommend once or twice a week of treatment.
  4. Get rid of the garbage food! - The more we can get the processed foods away from our dogs, the healthier they will be.  All these processed foods are acidic and a "magnet" for inflammation.  Try to find food and treats that are more natural which limit the food processing.  Natural foods make the body more alkaline, and disease and inflammation does not like an alkaline state.

In conclusion you cannot sit back and wait for your dog to have an ACL tear.  Quit being PASSIVE, become AGGRESSIVE when it comes to your dog's health.  In the long run you will save money and set the foundation for your fur baby to have a healthy quality of life.

Feel free to email if you have any questions.  Continued healing to all my dogs!