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Eagle Animal Hospital

TPLO Surgery Services

At Eagle Animal Hospital we are able to offer competitive pricing for advanced surgery, such as TPLO's being that we do not have the expensive overhead of traditional specialty hospitals. We use a specialized computer software program called VPOP which stands for Veterinary Preoperative Orthopedic Planning. This program allows us to accurately measure the bones and specific angles of the bones.

TPLO Surgery

Signs & Symptoms of CCL Injuries

  • Mild to severe lameness (may become more severe over time)

  • They sit with their legs out to the side, rather than “square”

  • They shift their weight away from the affected leg when standing

  • They hop or walk on three legs

  • They have difficulty rising

  • They have trouble jumping into the car

  • They have a reduced activity level

  • You notice decreased muscle mass (muscle atrophy)

  • Decreased range of motion

TPLO Surgery


When a dog injures their Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) — an important stabilizing ligament inside the knee — it is similar to common knee injuries that athletes suffer. A partial or full tear or complete rupture of the CCL is one of the most common orthopedic injuries in dogs and can cause secondary problems like arthritis, chronic pain, and lameness to develop. Unfortunately, pet parents don’t always know the cause of the injury and may not recognize the symptoms right away. However, it is essential to your pet’s health and active lifestyle that the injury is addressed to stabilize the knee and return the injured joint (stifle joint) back to full function. The pet surgeons at Eagle Animal Hospital and Pet Resort are pleased to offer Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) with the latest in surgical technology to repair the injury, so your dog can stay active and move comfortably. If you suspect your pet has injured their CCL, contact our Client Care team at your Top Rated Local® animal hospital in Kansas City to schedule a consultation, or reach out to our veterinarians via the Virtual Vet program.The Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) in dogs is comparable to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in humans. As you look at your dog when they are standing, you will notice that their hind legs bend inward to a slight degree. This is your dog’s knee, which is stabilized by a complex network of ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Similarly to humans, your dog’s knee is responsible for the flexion and extension of their leg, which is also the load-bearing joint that can become stressed over time. Because this joint and the supportive tissues withstand a great deal of weight, stress, and tension, a CCL tear is responsible for about 85% of all orthopedic injuries in dogs.


When the CCL is injured, it can cause symptoms as minor as inflammation or it can be as severe as a complete rupture. Depending on the type of tear or complete rupture, this common injury can cause your pet mild to severe pain, limit their mobility, and may even prevent them from enjoying all the fun activities that come along with being a dog. Generally, this type of injury causes pain and inflammation to occur due to the femur rubbing and sliding against the back of the tibia, making it painful and difficult for your dog to bear weight on the leg and move it without discomfort. This injury often affects one knee, but can develop in the other knee, too. When a partial tear occurs and goes untreated, it will worsen over time and gradually progresses into a full tear.


A partial or full tear of the CCL is often caused by a combination of factors, while a rupture is usually caused by some type of trauma. Here are some of the common causes to be aware of:


Tissue degeneration

Poor physical condition



In the case that a surgical repair is required, our skilled and compassionate surgical team is proud to offer state-of-the-art laser surgery to restore function and mobility while relieving pain and discomfort. If you suspect your precious pup has injured their knee, contact Eagle Animal Hospital and Pet Resort to schedule a consultation and exam to determine if TPLO surgery is the best option for your dog.


Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is the recommended procedure for effectively repairing your dog’s knee injury. We have found that this surgical procedure has a higher success rate and using cutting-edge laser technology to perform this surgery offers a number of benefits. Your pet’s surgeon will surgically cut the bone (osteotomy) in the tibial plateau and then rotate the contact surface of the tibia, thereby reorienting the bone and stabilizing the stifle joint. Of course, your vet will explain your pet’s procedure in greater detail, but this gives you a general idea of the procedure itself.



As with any major orthopedic surgery, the recovery process is lengthy, but it is essential to the proper healing of their repair. Immediately following their surgery, your pet will rest comfortably in a heated post-op recovery suite as we monitor their vitals and any signs of pain. Because every pet is different, the monitoring time varies; while some pets can be sent home the day of the surgery, others may need to stay overnight. Upon discharge, your vet will provide you with all the information you need for proper home care, and may prescribe pain medication and anti-inflammatories for pain management and to help keep them comfortable. Our Client Care team is ready to assist you with any questions you have after returning home with your pet and you can always contact your vet vis the Virtual Vet tool.


The first 12 weeks are the most crucial to their recovery as the bone and supportive tissues begin healing, but total recovery can take up to 6 months, given there are no complications. Your surgeon and veterinarian will provide you with pain medications, referrals for therapies, exercises, and other methods to assist with your pet’s optimal recovery. Additionally, we will offer step-by-step guidance to assist you, pet parent, so you have everything you need to take an active role in their recovery. After your pet undergoes TPLO surgery, it is essential to follow your vet’s recommended recovery protocols to ensure the repair heals properly and that they do not reinjure the knee during recovery.