Your Dog's Knee

Step 1: Your Dog’s Knee
The dog stifle (knee) is anatomically very similar to a human knee. There are two long bones, the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone), and a small bone, the patella, which articulate together. There are also four ligaments primarily responsible for the stability of the stifle – the cranial cruciate, caudal cruciate, medial collateral, and lateral collateral. Finally, there are two menisci, medial and lateral, which help act as a cushion between the femur and the tibia and help to provide congruency and further stability to the joint. The dog stifle differs from the human knee in that the top of a dog tibia has a more significant slope (tibial plateau slope or TPS) than that of a human knee.

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"My dogs and I had a great experience at [TPLO Chicago]. I felt very confident they were in the best of hands! Dr. Gendreau is a true "veterin" with his "specialty" and 40+ years of experience. His new facility is outstanding. All state of the art equipment and his system "Indigo Clean" for maximum sanitation and maintaining a germ free environment is reassuring against harmful bacteria, causing infections. It was a convenient, positive, successful experience. He's the best!"

- Jodi

"My 8 1/2 year old English bulldog needed tplo surgery for over a year. After contemplating putting him through [the tplo surgery with TPLO Chicago] we eventually decided it was the best thing to do. Dr. Gendreau called me the night after the surgery and the next day to see how zeppelin was and handling pain meds. I cannot say enough about how well the surgery recovery and overall well-being of zeppelin has been. If your concerned about putting your dog through the surgery the amount of time you think about it will be greater than it will be for them to be moving better again. The first 3 days are hard but after the most difficult part is keeping him from doing things he couldn’t do before (stairs, walks, jumping on the couch,). After the 8 weeks it’s nice to see him back to normal."

- Richard

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