Meet Junior, an extra sweet 4-year old American Bulldog. He presented to Miami Veterinary Specialists for a consultation with one of our surgeons. According to his owners, Junior was running in the backyard and then began limping on his routine walk. He has a history of intermittent left hind lameness and was being medically treated for hip dysplasia. Aside from these complications, Junior is a very happy and healthy dog.
He was seen by Dr.Christopher Potanas, one of our veterinary surgeons. During Junior’s examination, he was diagnosed with a ruptured left cranial cruciate ligament (one of the most important stabilizers inside the canine knee). Because of his activity level and size (74 pounds) surgery was strongly recommended. After discussing the surgical options with Junior’s owners, it was decided that a TPLO was the best surgical plan for him.
A Tibial-Plateau-Leveling-Osteotomy (TPLO) is a surgery that will help stabilize Junior’s knee because of cranial cruciate ligament rupture. After a successful TPLO performed by Dr. Potanas, Junior was able to go back home just one day after the surgery. He will need to be very patient before he can go out and play again at the park.