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TPLO´s in dogs with bilaterally ruptured cruciate ligaments
TPLO´s are commonly performed to treat ruptured cruciate ligaments in dogs. Especially in great breeds ruptured cruciated ligaments tend to occur bilateral. How are the results and the function when this procedure is done on both sides?

The records of 25 dogs with bilaterally ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments (CrCL) treated with single-session bilateral tibial plateau leveling osteotomies (TPLOs) were reviewed.

The mean age and body weight at presentation were 4.9 years and 36.1 kg, respectively. Minor complications occurred in five dogs. Good or excellent function occurred in 19 of 25 dogs at a mean of 6.9 weeks postoperatively.

Owner evaluation revealed that the 88% of dogs had good or excellent function at an average of 14.3 months postoperatively.

This study demonstrated that single-session bilateral TPLOs are an effective treatment for bilaterally ruptured CrCLs with minimal morbidity and complications.

Source: Matthew D. Barnhart (2003): Results of Single-Session Bilateral Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies as a Treatment for Bilaterally Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligaments in Dogs: 25 Cases (2000–2001). In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 39:573-578 (2003)




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