Scout has diagnosed with MPL - luxating patellas - in both knees. Surgery on the right knee was done a year ago, left one was done 2.5 months ago. She's still recovering from the most recent surgery, but I'm hopeful she has 2 good knees now, and is painfree.
Is this what your pup has - luxating patella, dislocating knee cap?
I'm wondering if we're really talking about the same thing.* Here's what happened with Scout.*
At 10 mos, she became lame on her right hind leg.* It all happened in a few short weeks - she would be moving her leg in a normal way, stop in obvious pain and not move.* Go hide, go to her crate. She hadn't been doing any strenuous exercise. Middle of the winter, I was on crutches - we weren't walking much at all.
The vet examined her and did x-rays.* He determined that the problem was her patella, it was slipping out of place and now it seemed to be permanently out of place - that's why she wasn't putting any weight on that leg any more.* He referred her to an ortho vet who had experience doing patella surgery on larger breeds.*
The surgery Scout had is called a trochleoplasty.* On her right knee - it was the worse of the 2 - the lateral femoro-patella ligament was torn.* That ligament attaches the patella to the bone.* The grove in her femur was too shallow and the patella and ligament that anchors it slipped to the side and eventually the ligament tore.
She had the same surgery on her left knee 2 1/2 months ago.* She had to go back in for a second surgery on that knee because stitches that held the ligament together - it had to be surgically shortened because it stretched when her patella luxated - had let go.* Our fault, she got excited one day and jumped.* The stitches tore, the ligament wasn't healed together, the patella slipped to the side.*
I'm not a vet and I don't work in the field - so that's a lamen's explanation of*her diagnosis "MPL, right and left stifle".*
Recuperation was 6 weeks of restricted activity.* When she jumped and tore the internal stitches after surgery on the second knee, we put her on crate rest for 4 weeks.* Looking back, it went very well.* In the moment, it felt like forever.* I'm glad we did the crate rest, it was the best way to ensure she was quiet in a house with 2 other dogs.* Restricted activity for Scout meant sling walking for a couple of weeks (on a leash too) to go out to the bathroom, and that's it.* No other walking.* No stairs (up or down), no jumping to sit on a sofa or chair - no jumping at all.* Scout had 3 weeks of physio and hydro therapy.* Six weeks post op we started short walks.*
Today, 2 1/2 months after surgery her walks are still rather short for a 2 year old lab. Scout doesn't have all the tone back in her quad, and she still limps.* It's been a longer recovery this time.* The cottage is open now so we get her up to the lake as much as possible to swim.* That's the best exercise after a surgery like this - swimming.* If she's still limping and hasn't built up strength and stamina by August, we'll go back and see the ortho vet for a recheck.* I'm cautiously optimistic - depends on how she's moving that day.
I hope this answers your questions.* I'm happy to answer any more you have for me - this has been ongoing with Scout for over a year.* I'll watch for updates on your pup - good luck.
Thank you so much for the info.. Yes this is exactly what my dog Dakota has... Just met with the surgeon today and she needs the surgery... So expensive, thats my only drawback right now. Very tight on money so trying to see if i can wait a couple of weeks to do the surgery... Thank you for all the info, I really appreciate it!!
Well, I'm glad I could answer a few question for you, but sad for you and Dakota. I know what you mean - surgery isn't cheap. Scout's right knee was diagnosed in the fall/05. We did conservative management with glucosamine and Metacam until after Christmas. To see if that would help and we could avoid another surgery. My vet said "it's worth a try, but prepare for surgery". I used that time to get the money together.
Here she is in March/06, home after the second surgery.