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Orthopedic Surgery

What Are the Changes Associated with the TPLO Package?

For over three decades, Everhart Veterinary Medicine has been providing Maryland pet-owners with the very best care and compassion—and from only the most experienced and qualified veterinary specialists.

At our renowned facility, Dr. Robert Goodman performs all of our orthopedic surgeries—his specialty for over 30 years. Assisting Dr. Goodman in all TPLO surgeries is Dr. Stephanie Menefee, a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, who also conducts the rehabilitation after-care following your pet’s surgery.

At Everhart Veterinary Medicine, our TPLO package includes all charges for the pre-surgical orthopedic evaluation, the TPLO surgery, and all post-surgical care and rehabilitation for one total price, making the evaluation that much easier for you and your family. The orthopedic evaluation is a total of $495.00, and will be charged at the time of the evaluation. The remaining balance will be charged at the time of surgery. This total will include the following:

  • Day of surgery exam
  • Surgical anesthesia
  • IV catheter and IV fluids
  • All surgical medications
  • An overnight stay in the hospital following surgery
  • All Post-surgical exams
  • Post-surgical physical rehabilitation
  • Physical rehabilitation consultation and care plan
  • Post-surgical sedated radiographs
  • Medications sent home

Pricing depends on your dog’s size and other orthopedic conditions:

  • pets 0 -40lbs   $2995.00
  • pets 40-120lbs   $3495.00
  • pets over 120lbs   $3995.00

A Guide to Your Pet’s TPLO Surgery

What is TPLO Surgery?

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, or TPLO, is a surgical procedure performed when your pet has a torn cranial cruciate ligament. As active as animals are, this is typically one of the most common of all surgeries performed on a pet. However, as in preparing for any surgery, it is always best to have the most experienced and knowledgeable practitioners available—and to know exactly what the surgery will include.

The TPLO surgery is done to completely change the dynamics of the dog’s knee so that the torn ligament becomes irrelevant to the stability of the knee itself. This not only stabilizes your pet’s overall posture and active well-being, but can help strength their muscles and lengthen their lifetime.

Once the bone is cut and rotated, the tibial plateau, where the femur and the tibia meet, no longer can slide backwards. The knee is immediately stabilized. Therefore, the need for the ACL ligament is eliminated completely and stability is returned to the joint immediately.

How Do I Know if My Dog is a Candidate for TPLO Surgery?

This is the most common question we get at Everhart Veterinary Medicine.

After the initial exam, your dog will be scheduled for an orthopedic evaluation. For the evaluation, sedation is required in order to get proper radiographs of the leg. Your dog will be admitted to the hospital for the day for the following procedures:

  • Full Orthopedic Exam
  • Pre-Sedation Lab Work
  • Sedated Radiographs

With years of experience and compassion, we will immediately know if the cruciate ligament is torn, and if your dog is a candidate for the TPLO surgery.

If surgery is an option, you will be given a treatment plan before you take your pet home for the day. A member of our surgical team will call to schedule the surgery within the next three to five days.

What is a Cranial Cruciate Ligament

The cranial cruciate ligament is the main supporting ligament within a dog’s knee (known as the stifle).It bears the weight of the majority of the stifle’s load. If this ligament tears, the tibia will move forward in relationship to the femur. Due to the pain this causes, your dog is usually not able to bear full weight on the leg, and may even carry the leg.

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