Your pet is not just an animal, it is family. When your pet has an injury, Normandale Veterinary Hospital is there for you. Your pet’s injuries may require surgery from our professionals. When you hear our vets saying things like “TTA” and “TPLO,” it can be overwhelming. Here are the  Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) and tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO) procedures explained.


Why Does My Pet Need TTA or TPLO?

When a pet injures themselves in the knee area, they can tear or rupture the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL). This is also referred to as an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). If the tear goes untreated, it can rupture, and if the rupture goes untreated, it can cause damage to the knee and result in severe arthritis.


An ACL tear or rupture can cause lameness in your pet. Sometimes the pet may injure themselves and then appear to get better. Untreated ACL injuries can worsen over time even after an apparent initial improvement. By waiting to see if the injury heals itself, there may actually be more damage done, causing the need for a more invasive surgery down the road. Your best option is to bring your pet to our hospital for treatment.


What is the Difference Between TTA and TPLO?

Both TTA and TPLO are minimally invasive surgeries to correct the tear and/or rupture of animal ACL injuries. Both surgeries correct the issue by altering forces at play in the knee joint of the animal. Both surgeries involve cutting into the shin bone below the knee and placing an implant to hold the bone in place while it heals into a different position. This new position gives the knee stability through other structures.


The essential difference in a TTA and TPLO is the location of the cut made during surgery. Another difference is the implant material used: steel for TPLO and titanium for TTA. The TPLO surgery bone cut location is a more invasive procedure that may take longer to heal. The TTA bone cut location during surgery is less stressful to your pet and healing can take place quicker. Both have equivalent rates of after-surgery success and function of the knee post operatively.


Which is Orthopedic Care Better For My Pet?

Deciding which surgery to perform for your pet’s torn ACL is something we can consult with you. We consider factors such as your pet’s age, size, and activity level when we make recommendations for your pet’s care. The invasiveness of TPLO is slightly higher than TTA. Younger dogs benefit from the titanium used in the TTA surgery as it is less likely to need removal in later life. We are versed in both surgery types and can give you the best recommendation for your pet’s individual circumstance.


General Veterinary Care in Edina

When your pet gets hurt, we know your first concern is their quick recovery. Normandale Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive care for your pets. Whether it is surgery for injuries or well-care visits to keep your pets healthy, we provide for all of your pet’s needs. To make an appointment or get more information, give us a call at (952) 831-8272, or you can message us on our contact page.