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    DefaultCruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    Hi folks... I am new to the forum...we found 4 or 5 year old Black Lab that has a limp on his right hind leg, he was tied to a door at an abandoned house and I was called in since I volunteer with a rescue org.... He was healthy but was limping and lifting his leg and the vet diagnosed him with a partial tear of the cruciate and immediately recommended TPLO... I did some research and I just don't feel comfortable with an osteotomy of the bone (cutting)... I heard Tightrope is a new less invasive procedure but I am having a hard time getting real data on it...

    Anyone here have any experience with CCL Tightrope?

    Thanks in advance...

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    DefaultRe: Cruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    Regular vet or an ortho vet? If regular, then you need to get confirmation from an ortho vet. I wouldn't jump into any type of surgery without the consultation from a specialist.
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    DefaultRe: Cruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    Tank had 2 TPLO's and I could not be happier with the results.
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    DefaultRe: Cruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    my foster is going in on Friday for TPLO.. it was a unanimous decision among the 3 vets that saw her.

    back right leg as well.

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    DefaultRe: Cruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    Bobbie had to have a TPLO after she was hit by a car a year ago. Took alot of recovery including hydrotherapy but a year on she is healthy and happy.

    I have never heard of the other procedure, it certainly wasn't recommended when we had to make decisions on Bobbie's treatment.

    Good luck x

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    DefaultRe: Cruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbiesocks
    Took alot of recovery including hydrotherapy
    What? Hydrotherapy? Is this normal? We don't even have a /vet/ in my city that does TPLO.. she has to go south.. so i'm pretty darn sure hydrotherapy isn't going to happen...

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    DefaultRe: Cruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    Yeah it was recommended by the specialist that operated on her. Due to the nature of the injury she couldn't do any impact excercise (had to even keep her on the lead in the garden so she didn't run around) and she lost alot of muscle so this low impact exercise was perfect. Our pet insurance even covered the cost.

    It's only the same as a person having physiotherapy after an orthopaedic operation.

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    DefaultRe: Cruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    This is why i sometimes wish i lived in a bigger city.. we don't even have a dog park up here.. i'm pretty sure hydrotherapy isn't available =)

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    DefaultRe: Cruciate Ligament tear and CCL Tightrope surgery

    Hello! Welcome to JL. Sorry I can't give you any info about TPLO surgery, but as Dani said, I would recommend trying to see a specialist or if that's not possible, at least see another vet.

    Good luck!

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