What to Expect


DePuy Synthes Vet offers guidance for all stages of the TPLO surgery process.

Click on each section below to discover helpful resources through all stages of treatment.

Preoperative Care


Surgeon Visit


Day of Surgery


Postoperative Care





  • Cranial Drawer Sign: With complete ligament rupture, the tibia can move forward (with respect to the femur). With partial rupture, less movement is possible but a small amount of looseness is often detectable.
  • Cranial Tibial Thrust: While a dog is walking, the femur slides back, and the tibia moves forward, because of a sloped tibial plateau
  • Femur: Thigh bone
  • Patella: Knee cap
  • Stifle: Knee joint
  • Tibia: Shin bone

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