Kip had his tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery on New Year's Eve by Dr. Lee at Veterinary Speciality Hospital in North Raleigh.
The details of a TPLO surgery are complicated and are better explained by a vet. Basically, in layman's terms, it involves installing a metal plate to help stabilize the knee without disturbing the integrity of the joint.
Kip did well throughout the surgery and overnight in ICU. We brought him home about 1:30 this afternoon. He ate some food and has been sleeping on his bed for most of the afternoon.
His whole left leg is shaved; the incision is on the inside of his leg and is about 8 inches long.
Below are the pictures -- taken about 24 hours after the surgery.