TPLO for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Are you in love with this guy? We are. This is Brisket, a young Labrador retriever, who recently underwent TPLO surgery for his ruptured cranial cruciate ligament ("ACL").

TPLO for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

The Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) is a surgical technique that changes the weight bearing surface of the tibia, or shin bone (the tibial plateau). The weight bearing surface is altered by creating a controlled fracture (osteotomy) and rotating the tibial plateau to a more neutral or level position. A bone plate and screws stabilize the osteotomy until healing is complete. Altering the weight bearing surface of this joint eliminates the need for the cruciate ligament.

There are several ways to treat cranial cruciate ligament rupture in dogs.  However, a series of published clinical studies have shown that, when compared to other cruciate repair techniques (TTA and extra-capsular stabilization), dogs who undergo TPLO with an experienced surgeon have:

  • a more rapid recovery
  • better range of motion of the knee
  • development of less arthritis
  • full return to athletic or working activity

Here's to Brisket and his speedy, complete recovery!


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Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Hong Kong
1/F Lucky Centre,
165-171 Wan Chai Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.


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Getting There

Below are some of the bus routes that have stops close by to VSH:

  • New World Bus:  15, 23, 66, 101
  • City Bus:  1, 5X, 6, 10, 75, 101, 111, 115, 182, 789

MTR : VSH is just 5 minutes walk from WAN CHAI MTR EXIT A3. When you walk out of exit A3, cross the pedestrian crossing then turn left. Walk along Johnston Road until you reach Wan Chai Road. Continue along Wan Chai Road until you reach Lucky Centre. We are right next to it.