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My 9 year old Maltese came home this evening after TPLO surgery; so far, so good. He’s resting comfortably, but has no appetite just yet. The vet said it will take a day or two for him to be back to his old self. He’s got so many meds to take, I’m apprehensive he might have stomach upset, or worse. Any thoughts on how to kick start his appetite? He'll be starting his rehab and I guess that's another aspect that I'm not sure I could tackle well.

Can anybody enlighten me on this aspect and also share their experiences with TPLO and the rehab that comes after? Thanks...
 

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Welcome to Spoiled Maltese! :D :welcometosm:

I think there are others on this forum besides me who have experience with this--but here's a little from me for starters. :)

TPLO is a type of high-tech surgery to deal with cruciate ligament failure. Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy is the full name, I believe. It involves cutting through the tibia and repositioning the top of it to change the angle the tibia and femur meet, to redistribute the pressures so that the cruciate ligament is not even needed.

My Spunky had it in one leg when he was 12 years old. Traditional cruciate surgery had failed twice in the other leg, so it was kind of his last option to recover good mobility. And it was remarkable--he was trying to run around the day after surgery like nothing had ever been wrong! :D

Quite honestly I can't remember what, if anything, was recommended for his rehabilitation, except for exercise limitation. He was supposed to be on very, very limited activity for several months, until the bone healed. That was extremely difficult, especially as I had other dogs who he thought he had to boss around. :D Sadly, he developed heart failure within the next year, completely unrelated to the surgery.

Anesthesia can upset a dog's eating habits, so I wouldn't worry too much about it right away.

TPLO is a very specialized technicque. It is patented and involves specially-designed instruments. There are some risks that are distinct to this type of surgery, so I believe the rehab or physical therapy recommendations could be different from other types of cruciate surgery.

So your vet and the TPLO surgeon should be your best resource on these issues.

You could try a google search--i found several interesting sites--and there's a yahoo forum, I believe called orthodogs. But I didn't find much info about TPLO specific to small dogs--who have the advantage of being portable if necessary. :D

I hope you'll keep us posted on your dog's recovery!
 

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Harry's doing just fine. His appetite is back to normal but we have to keep him in strict confinement to prevent disturbing the limb. when I voiced my concern regarding the rehabilitation period, my vet gave me a website where I can download a free TPLO guide. I am using it now and it's quite easy once you get the hang of it. It contains a week-to-week protocol for the entire rehabilitation period.


 

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I'm surprised your TPLO surgeon didn't give you something himself/herself but instead made you have to seek out information on somebody else's commercial website. (I see they are selling other products.)

My dog's TPLO surgeon gave me a multiple-page set of take-home instructions. And some real stern talk over the phone.

Glad your dog is doing fine. :)
 

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TPLO means Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. It is a surgical procedure typically done to repair a rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in a dog's knee.
Please everyone with small dogs (under 30lbs) know this is a very invasive procedure and the vets I talk to said the Extracapsular Repair surgery is much more preferred and not as invasive. This advise from a vet I know CUMA SUM LAUDE from A & M.
SO PLEASE KNOW THIS !
Guinevere just had the EXtracapsular Repair surgery yesterday.. Its a long recovery now..And rethinking about more rugs for my hardwood.
So hard to see her in the cone and No, they said the soft ones they can get around and to their leg.
Oh also thank goodness my vet ordered liquid pain meds..
 
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