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Old 12-20-2012, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 6 yr. old, male GSD (100 lbs) tore his ACL. Upon having xrays at my vet, the vet advised us that his hip on the same side was basically dislocated. (we knew, since he was a puppy, that his hips were not good). He recommended that the surgeon do the ACL & hip surgery at the same time. I am not only concerned about the length of the surgery, but the recovery period. I have heard horrible stories about the recovery for just the one surgery. Does anyone have any experience with their GSD having both surgeries done at the same time??? PS - surgery is possibly tomorrow so any help tonight would be appreciated!! ALSO, has anyone had any experience with an 'Assisi Loop' to aid in healing??
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Which hip surgery? FHO or hip replacement?
If it's hip replacement, the recovery is the same as the CCl surgery. If it's FHO, it's the exact opposite so not sure how they would manage doing both at the same time.

CCL and Hip Replacement recovery is strict confinement, then introducing slow walks for up to three months.

FHO surgery they want the dog up and exercising as soon as possible. Can't do that if you are in CCL recovery.

I'm sure your vet knows more than I do!! Maybe they have done it in the past and it works out if you walk a fine line between the two recoveries.
Or maybe they are just thinking of fixing the dislocation and not doing either surgeries I mentioned. That would make sense if it's possible to fix a dislocated hip. That, I don't know.
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Is the vet who advised this a surgeon or just your regular vet? I would see if there is a board certified surgeon in your area and ask their opinion.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My vet said FHO - didn't realize the recovery was opposite that of an ACL. We are having a consultation with the surgeon tomorrow a.m. and if we can all agree on the course of treatment, I guess it's a 'go'.... My vet did say that they may not be able to tell us exactly which type of procedures they will do until they're actually doing the surgery - that there are quite a lot things to take into consideration. His weight, how long he's under anesthesia, etc. They may just not want to do both at the same time. I guess we'll see what they have to say and take it from there.

Chrissy, my vet did refer us to a surgeon. That is who we are having a consultation with tomorrow a.m.
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I'm interested in what they have to say b/c we may be in the same boat soon. Come back and let us know!
Best of luck!!!
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absolutely!! thx for your input!
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Any news? How did it go?
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