|11-24-2013 04:03 PM|
|Nigel||Any updates on Hawkeye?|
|11-01-2013 02:10 PM|
We did the extra capsular repair.
One year plus one day and we were in surgery for the other. Sigh.
|11-01-2013 01:46 PM|
Thanks Gretchen for the information and the pictures....
Poor girl, has the hair on her hip grown back.
|10-31-2013 08:04 PM|
Here's some pics after surgery:
|10-31-2013 07:49 PM|
We kept her movement to a minimum for 2 months after surgery. We put a 4x4 exercise pen in our living room and my daughter and I alternated sleeping on the sofa next to her. Then for the next month, still slept downstairs with her, but removed the e-pen and confined to the living room with a doggie gate.
As with every surgery there are risks, Molly had a tibial fracture which happens in about 5% of dogs, but that healed on its own. After 3 months the surgeon wanted us to start really increasing exercise and Molly did well for 2 weeks then had a major set back (limping a lot) and had to go back to minimal exercise for two weeks gradually increasing to trotting and longer walks. She was on Rimadyl for those two weeks. Then like a miracle she started bearing weight evenly on both legs. For almost 4 months she did toe tapping, surgical leg not bearing much weight, weight shifting to good side.
Feel free to PM with if you have any questions with the TPLO.
|10-31-2013 02:32 PM|
Thank you very much for the information......... everything i have been reading is making me think the TPLO is a better choice.
I have this big fear of when is the other knee going to go
|10-31-2013 01:38 PM|
A friend of mine did TPLO on his large breed dog (non GSD) 2-3 weeks ago.
In his case surgery (TPLO) was done on dogs rear left side. Operation lasted around 1 hour and his dog was less than 24 hours in veterinary care. He dropped him off for surgery Thursday morning, he picked him up from the vet Friday morning.
Recovery time for TPLO is anywhere from 8-12 weeks. However the first 4 weeks are the most important ones as the dog must be kept at literally minimum activity level. Your quote of $3500 for TPLO surgery is OK as he ended up paying $4500 for his (Western Canada).
His dog is recovering great from this operation.
If surgeon has confirmed thorn ACL, and If I was you I would choose TPLO over ICS.
Effect of surgical technique on limb func... [J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2005] - PubMed - NCBI
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy - TPLO A Good Choice
|10-31-2013 09:52 AM|
I saw the surgeon - they gave me the opion of two different types of surgery :
TPLO: tibial plateau leveling osteotomy
which is $3500.00
ICS: intracapsular over-the-top stabilization
this one is $2500.00
Having two options doesn't make it any easier to decide WHICH one is the best.
They did mention that the recovery is normally easier and faster with the TPLO. But that both surgeries are good.
Anyone have any suggestions on what is best ! We are so confused
|10-29-2013 10:09 AM|
Can't speak from personal experience, but our neighbor's retriever blew out his knee a few months ago and ended up having to get the knee replaced. He was naturally pretty gimpy afterwards and highly restricted, but we were out with him the other day and he was getting around really well. Still a little hitch in his giddyup but seems to be getting better. I want to say it's been about 3 months since the operation or so.
Good luck with it!
|10-26-2013 04:25 PM|
|arycrest||My girl Too tore her ACL chasing a chicken. Since she was elderly and had sub-aortic stenosis (SAS) the surgeon was hesitant to perform surgery without first trying the long recuperation period of crate rest/leash walks long enough to potty. We did cheat and I kept her on lead in the house while I worked on my computer/watched TV/did anything that didn't require walking around. She was a high energy dog and this was difficult task to accomplish, however, she healed without any noticeable problems later on.|
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