TTA Surgery – FAQ

How much does TTA surgery cost?

The entire procedure including surgery, pre and post-op x-rays, pain medications, antibiotics, overnight stay, and three follow up exams costs between $2,200 and $2,500 depending on the implant size and the size of your pet. The cost does not include pre-anesthetic blood work or antibiotics and pain medications that exceed 10 days use. It also does not include treatment for complications such as additional surgery, bandages, self-inflicted trauma, etc. Always remember to compare the value of the procedure and not just the cost when price shopping.

I don’t live in Pittsburgh, Pa. Can you still help me?

Allegheny Veterinary Associates serves all of western Pennsylvania. We perform tibial tuberosity advancement procedures for pet owners all over the greater Pittsburgh area including Washington, Butler, Beaver, and Greensburg Counties. We have also performed TTA for pets as far away as Los Angeles California. We will work with you and your regular veterinarian to do whatever is necessary to get your pet back to a healthy lifestyle.

If your pet has been diagnosed with an ACL injury and you live in PA, WV, OH, NY, or MD you should call us for a quote. Chances are good we can help your pet and save you money. We can also perform TTA in most cases that have already had previous surgeries that have failed or are inadequately successful. We will give you a general estimate over the phone and after examination we will give you an honest opinion of our ability to help your pet return to a normal lifestyle. We don’t sell procedures! We will only recommend our services to those pets that have the potential to benefit from them.

How should I care for my pet after TTA surgery?

Please see our Post TTA Guidelines

How many veterinarians currently perform TTA surgery?

Thousands of surgeries are performed by veterinarians all over the US and world.

How many TTA surgeries have been performed?

TTA surgery is a common practice that is more affordable than other procedures and has been performed thousands of times. Allegheny Veterinary Associates has performed over 200 procedures in the last 5 years, and likely many many thousands have been performed worldwide since its release in 2003.

Is TTA surgery necessary for my pet?

We will evaluate your pet to decide if TTA surgery is the best option. If your dog has trouble getting around, this surgery could enhance his or her quality of life and erase pain you don’t know they feel. If your dog tore their CCL, surgery needs to be done to stabilize the knee joint. Not repairing the CCL causes instability and pain in the joints. Surgery may prevent further damage in a torn CCL and prevent your dog from shifting his or her weight to the other knee and possibly creating a torn or ruptured CCL there as well.

How do dogs tear their CCL?

The natural weight of your dog causes his or her femur to slide backward against the tibial plateau causing the tibia to push forward. The CCL prevents sliding in the knee and is constantly under pressure. Age, weight, and activity contribute to stress on the CCL. The stress over time leads to tears or ruptures that need repaired.

How long will my dog be away from home for TTA Surgery?

Most patients will leave within 24 hours of surgery. After TTA surgery your pet will receive intravenous medications to prevent infection and ease pain. Once your pet is ready to come home they will leave the office fairly comfortably.

How long will my pet need to recover from TTA surgery?

Since TTA surgery is less invasive and performed on a non-weight bearing bone many dogs can put weight on the leg within 24-48 hours after surgery. The surgery area usually heals within eight weeks post-op.

What improvements will I see in my pet?

Pre-surgery your dog may not have the ability to bear his or her full weight. After surgery he or she may be able to bear 100% of their weight again. In addition your dog will regain the ability to play, jump, and move more actively than before surgery. Signs of leg pain should also diminish.

What are the follow-up procedures?

In 10 days we’ll check up on your pet and remove sutures or staples. Follow-up appointments at week four and week eight will assess your dog’s healing. During the week eight visit, x-rays will be taken to evaluate bone healing.

What is the difference between Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) and Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

Read about the differences.