TPLO Surgery Recovery & Treatment

Overview for Post TPLO Surgery
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TPLO Recovery Guide


TPLO Restrictions & Recommendations

Post-surgery recovery takes eight weeks. Here are some things to remember:

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Weeks 1 & 2

Perform 5 minute controlled leash walks 3-5 times a day and passive range of motion exercises three times a day

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Weeks 3 & 4

Reduce passive range of motion exercises to twice a day and increase leash walks to 8-10 minutes

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Weeks 5 & 8

Increase leash walks to 12-20 minutes between 3-5 times a day

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Weeks 8 & 12

Increase the length of leash walks and introduce off-leash activity 3-5 times a day

TPLO Recovery FAQs


Is swelling around the ankle normal?
It’s normal for your pet to experience swelling around the ankle 3-5 days after surgery. You can help reduce the swelling through massages and ice therapy.

Can my pet climb stairs?
Try to avoid too much activity during the early recovery period, such as letting your pet run up and down the stairs. They may slowly climb up and down the stairs but always use a leash.

To check the complete list of common recovery questions, visit our TPLO Recovery FAQ page.


“The surgery went smoothly, with Dr. Might calling me throughout the day with detailed updates. Within 48 hours, the bandages & pain were gone. Now he is moving around better than he was pre-TPLO!”


“It’s Comforting to know that our pets can get specialty care at a familiar place and for a more affordable cost.”

-Lee Kinser

“Our 9-year-old Lab-Pit mix underwent TPLO surgery and she did not suffer at all. Whatever you are doing, keep it up! She is doing great!”


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