Blog Posted by kitt at 13:17 on 23 August 2004
A description of the surgery's function:
All of the other cruciate repair techniques replace the cruciate ligament in some manner. TPLO instead changes the bone structure in the dog's knee joint so that the bone angles are different and the cruciate ligament isn't as critical. Rotating the tibial plateau until it is level changes the biomechanics of the knee joint. After leveling the tibial plateau, the patellar tendon and the caudal cruciate ligament take over the function of the ruptured cranial cruciate ligament. The cranial cruciate is then no longer needed.
Bella comes back tomorrow.