It's been a looooong time since I've posted anything here, and am hoping for some advice. We found out yesterday that Rukus (our 6 yo black lab) ruptured the CCL in his right leg. Our vet has gone over the types of treatment for him and I've been spending a ton of time online today trying to educate myself so that I can make the best decision on what to do.
I've read a lot of your comments and experiences with the TPLO surgery (thank you all SO much for posting this info), but am wondering if anyone has anything to report on the TTA surgery (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement). It looks like the last thread on this was a few years back when TTA was still relatively new. Has anyone had this done? What were the outcomes? Are there any pros/cons vs the TPLO?
Rukus thanks you in advance!!
To get the best advice, I would suggest you join the Yahoo group Orthodogs.
It's a forum that deals entirely with orthopedic issues in dogs, with CCL injuries being the most common.
Lots of great advice and personal experience with all the different surgery types there.
My girl Java tore both knees at the same time in 2010, when she was 13 months old. She had back to back TPLOs, 10 weeks apart...and she's doing amazing now, almost 2 years later.
I have heard of many success stories with TTA also, it's just a somewhat newer surgical technique than TPLO.
My sweet young girl had a complete tear of her right CCL and a partial tear in her left CCL simultaneously at just over one year old (yeah, good times...NOT). I took her to an orthopedic specialist who has done extensive published research in cruciate repairs in Labradors. He recommended (based on her particular conformation) the TTA procedure. She had bilateral TTA repairs over a year ago now. She's done really well, although I anticipate arthritis to set in way earlier than Labs without these injuries despite careful, prolonged rehab after surgery and ongoing use of Omegas and Dasaquan. Overall, it seems like more vets are recommending the TTA over the TPLO at this point, as the recovery time is shorter in addition to a number of other benefits. I guess it's kind of like the evolution of how to intervene with cruciate tears; unfortunately, they are common enough that newer and better procedures continue to become available. Best of luck with your baby.
Last edited by copilot; 02-07-2012 at 08:38 PM. Reason: Forgot something
Good Luck. I know that you will make the best decision for your baby.
Judy and Jack
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How active is your dog? I went through a cruciate tear with a 4yr old who was active in agility and field work.... everyone I spoke to (specialists, performance pet owners who'd been there) said that TPLO was the way to go if I wanted my active dog back. Almost 3yrs later, I'm very happy with the results.
Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll definitely be checking out the orthodogs group!
Rukus is a really active dog who loves playing fetch (shocking, I know! ), and I think he ended up hurting his knee after jumping up for a ball and landing wrong. I'm just praying that after he has the surgery and we get through the recovery, that he'll be able to get back to doing what he loves. Bottom line though is that I just don't want him to be in pain...even if that means we need to modify his activities later on.
Java had both knees done (TPLO) when she was 13 months old...she is now 3. She has no restrictions at all.
Here is Java 1 year after her second TPLO(she's the one jumping in the air):
And here she is doing what she loves most:
Running with Moka (Java is the bigger girl in front) just 5 MONTHS after TPLO #2!!
The whole reason for doing these surgeries is to get them back to what they love doing.
Last edited by javasmom; 02-08-2012 at 01:18 PM.
Our Tank had both legs done by TPLO. He recovered well from both of them and we never had a any problems except arthritis. I would go to orthodogs to see what is currently happening in that surgery arena.
Sandie, Tank 5/25/1998 - 07/08/2011, Orson & Sully