How long does it take to fully recover from a TPLO?

Jun 03, 2024

Full recovery from TPLO surgery depends on the severity of lameness before surgery, degree of CCL tear (partial or full), presence or absence of meniscal injury, and participation in a physical rehabilitation program. While bone healing takes 6-8 weeks, there are milestones to reach both before and after this time:

  1. 10-14 days: The skin incision heals. Your pet is evaluated by us or your primary care veterinarian to ensure the skin incision has healed.
  2. 8 weeks: The bone heals from the bone cut (or osteotomy, the “O” in TPLO). This is when we take complimentary x-rays of the knee to verify adequate bone healing. Once the surgeon has confirmed bone healing, dogs can resume more normal levels of activity.
  3. 12-16 weeks: This is when most dogs can return to their normal activity.
  4. 6-12 months: By this time, we expect postoperative patients to bear equal weight between the postsurgical and the normal leg.