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There are a couple of alternatives that we can consider to TPLO. How much does Chopper weigh?
OK, for such a large dog, TPLO is often the best recommendation. There is another surgical repair technique called the TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement) which is appropriate in some cases. These are going to be approximately the same cost, and both require cutting bone and the placement of hardware.
In small dogs, some owners will opt for a surgery called a lateral suture, or some may opt out of surgery altogether. This is more reasonable in small dogs who can get around more effectively on 3 legs.
For a big guy like Chopper, he should experience faster return to function and less arthritis in the long term with the TPLO.
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