Meet Zeus! Zeus is a 6yr old pit mix that is in need of a TPLO knee repair (ACL tear). When a dog tears its ACL, every time the dogs goes to stand or put weight on the leg, the femur slides/rubs on the back of the tibia. This rubbing causes pain and inflammation, which is very uncomfortable. This is why most dogs with a torn ACL will not even put any weight on the leg, or if they do, they will just toe touch the leg to the ground. The true beauty of the surgery is that it completely alters the dynamics of the knee. Once the bone is cut and rotated the tibial plateau, where the femur and the tibia communicate, no longer can slide backwards. The knee is immediately stabilized. By doing so, this eliminates the need for the ACL ligament entirely and returns stability to the joint immediately. (St. Clair, Dr. James. “Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO).” TopDogHealth. TopDogHealth, 01 Jan. 2013. Web. 10 Oct. 2013.)
Can you help Zeus get his knee fixed?