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TPLO standard of care at Peninsula Vetcare Page 1

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At Peninsula Vetcare our surgical service aims to provide the highest standard available of care for your pet.

Just performing the surgery isn’t the whole story, there are many other aspects to our surgical service that improve the care you pet receives during their time with us.

Together these form our Surgical Standards of Care at Peninsula Vetcare, they are listed below as they apply to a typical cruciate ligament case such as a tightrope, TPLO, TTA or TTO.

At admission, you will have a 30minute admission appointment with Dr Chris Franklin to talk through the options available to you and your pet.

You will also be introduced to the surgical nurse and/or Dr Franklin’s surgical assistant Dr Elee Woolley who will be looking after your pet throughout the day.

On admission, all major surgical cases will receive:

1.A team of 2 surgical nurses to take care of your pet from premedication to recovery from anaesthetic and beyond.


2.A general health blood test – checking overall medical health prior to surgery


3.Intravenous fluid administration, containing medications such as fentanyl for a head start on pain relief


4.On induction of anaesthetic, x-rays will be taken with the latest DR digital radiography equipment. Computer software is used to accurately pre-measure the angles in preparation for surgery.


6.First preparation for surgery is carried out, including clipping the fur and initial skin preparation.

7.Your pet is then transferred to the theatre

8.Monitoring parameters during anaesthetic include – blood oxygen levels, and exhaled respiratory carbon dioxide, ECG trace, blood pressure and body temperature.

9.A ‘bear hugger’ air blown heat blanket is used on all patients during surgery and during recovery

10.Second preparation for surgery


11.All orthopaedic procedures are carried out with disposable sterile drape and surgical gown and glove kits, just like in a human hospital. Cloth drapes are poorly water proof and not guaranteed to be sterile.


12.Examination of the joint is carried out using an arthroscope (ie keyhole surgery), or a mini-arthrotomy if required (often in smaller patients). Loose cartilage material and ligament are removed as required.




                        Arthroscopic view showing ruptured cruciate ligament









Arthroscopic view - showing meniscal cartilage tear