TPLO Rehabilitation Process
Though physical rehabilitation protocols have been found to be beneficial in the recovery following a TPLO, there is not an established or standardized rehabilitation protocol. Like much of medicine, it is important to tailor a rehabilitation protocol to a specific patient, taking into account the pet’s range of motion, strength, degree of healing, and ability to perform each exercise. As returning an athlete to a game day situation too early can lead to re-injury, excessive rehabilitation can do harm in the post-operative recovery from a TPLO procedure. Ideally, every pet would be able to follow-up with a rehabilitation therapist following a TPLO so that an individualized protocol could be developed. However, we know this is not always going to be possible.
Here are videos demonstrating passive range of motion exercises and icing therapy. It is important to keep in mind that if your pet is performing additional activities (hills, sit-to-stands, S-shaped walking, etc) and is regressing in limb function, we strongly recommend you stop the exercises and consult with your veterinary surgeon or a canine rehabilitation therapist for further guidance. For more information on additional rehabilitation exercises click here.
Here is a link to find a rehabilitation therapist in your area: http://rehabvets.org/directory.lasso.
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"My dogs and I had a great experience at TPLO Chicago. I felt very confident that they were in the best of hands! Dr. Gendreau is a true veteran with his 40+ years of specialized orthopedic experience. His new facility is outstanding! All state-of-the-art equipment including “Indigo-Clean” for maximum sterility and maintenance of a germ-free environment is reassuring against harmful bacteria causing infections. It was a convenient, positive, successful experience. He’s the best! "
"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."