Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy – TPLO

Dogs walk on the tips of their toes rather than the flats of their feet. As a result of this there is a force which acts on the tibia every time they take a step. This force is in a cranial direction and is known as cranial tibial thrust. This force is neutralised by the intact cruciate ligament but if this ligament deteriorates and ruptures there is an instability in the stifle joint every time the dog takes a step.

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