TPLO at Kingdom Animal Hospital

TPLO stands for Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy.

Tibial = Top of the shin bone. Plateau = Surface of shin bone. Leveling = Rotation of bone. Osteotomy = Cutting the bone.


The TPLO procedure cuts the top of the tibia bone and rotates it to create a flat surface for the femur (thigh bone) to sit on. Dog tibia’s have a sloped top, and the Cranial Cruciate Ligament keeps the femur from sliding down the slope while a dog is standing. When a TPLO is performed, the femur does not slide on a flat level surface.

A TPLO requires no ligament scare tissue to form to stabilize the knee. The only healing required, is for the bone to fuse back together. Bone heals much faster than ligaments and scar tissue. A contoured plate is required to support the bone as it heals, and locking screws are used to hold the plate in place.

Kingdom Animal Hospital uses top of the line Synthes Plates and Screws. We also use the same advanced pain control methods that large referral hospitals use.

Patients typically spend 2 nights at our hospital. The night before surgery the patient comes in to start receiving pain relief medication. The next day, the TPLO procedure is performed and the patient stays one more night.

Patients are typically toe touching the morning after surgery, and begin to bear weight within a few days of surgery.

Client costs range from $2,300 – $3,000 for a TPLO at Kingdom Animal Hospital. A $1,000 deposit is required to schedule the procedure.

Clients can save themselves $1,000 having the TPLO procedure done at Kingdom Animal Hospital vs other area hospitals.