Dog knees benefit from new surgical procedure

Dr. Jeff Mayo of Seattle examines sterile titanium parts just prior to performing canine knee surgery at Tiara Rado Animal Hospital Tuesday morning.

As the world of human medicine advances, many pet owners have high expectations about the level of veterinary medicine their pets can receive as well.

Tiara Rado Animal Hospital, 2245 Broadway, works hard to stay on the cutting edge of new technology. It means thorough research and constant study by Drs. Bob Marquis and Frank Coons to provide the best care available to pets in the Grand Valley.

This week, the hospital invited Dr. Jeff Mayo, owner of a mobile surgery practice based in Seattle who travels the world teaching new surgical techniques to veterinarians, to perform and teach staff about a new knee surgery for dogs called Tibial Tuberosity Advancement or TTA.

“The public demands that we keep up with this stuff,” said Mayo as he explained that knee injuries were the most common in dogs popular in Western Colorado such as black labradors, rottweilers and Newfoundlands.

TTA repairs a torn anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. It is a new procedure which replaces the more common tibial plateau leveling osteotomy or TPLO sugery.

Both surgeries provide stability to the dog’s knee, but the new TTA sugery is less invasive and has a quicker recovery time for the animals.

The surgery involves adding four titanium pieces into the knee, a simple 30 to 40 minute procedure, Mayo said.

It restores up to 90 percent of the dog’s functionality and provides relief of arthritis, a common symptom of the disease.

“The dog should be walking again in 5 days and running again within 12 weeks,” Mayo said.

He appreciates clinics that are trying to stay abreast of new technology such as Tiara Rado.

“These folks are interested in staying on the cutting edge so I have a lot of respect for clinics that want to do that,” he said.

Dr. Mayo specializes in orthopedics, radiosurgery and soft tissue case consultation. He also provides professional lectures and seminars. More information is available at



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