TPLO Stands for Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is a ligament in the knee that contributes a large amount of stability to the knee. The body relies on the CCL to prevent forward movement and internal rotation of the lower leg bone (tibia) as well as hyperextension of the knee. When the CCL is partially or completely torn, pain and instability result. A torn CCL will start a cascade leading to osteoarthritis.
Treatment consists of two steps:
(depends upon the amount of osteoarthritis present)