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Is Cruciate Ligament Knee Surgery (TPLO Surgery) Successful For Dogs?

Is Cruciate Ligament Knee Surgery (TPLO Surgery) Successful For Dogs?

Yes - TPLO surgery for cruciate ligament injuries in dogs has a high success rate of 85-90%, however good post-operative care is also essential. There are three types of cruciate surgery for dogs: TPLO, ELSS and TTA.

The most common surgery is:

  • Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy Surgery (TPLO Surgery) is a common and effective procedure

There are two other types of knee surgery for cruciate ligament injury which are less common: 

  • Extracapsular Lateral Suture Stabilisation Surgery (ELSS)
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

If you do choose the surgery route, a brace is a very good idea to make sure the knee is stable and heals to the best of its ability post-surgery. Find Cruciate Ligament Knee Braces here

Care post-surgery is crucial, read how to look after your dog post-surgery here:

Titus, the husky, did not have TPLO surgery as he was 10 years old. It is really worth reading his story further to see how his owner chose alternative options to surgery, and Titus made a full recovery:

I Don’t Want My Dog To Have Cruciate Ligament Knee Surgery (TPLO Surgery). What Are The Alternative Treatments?


Read more about Cruciate Knee Ligament injuries here - Causes, Prevention and Treatments

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