Yep, sure did. Not sure I would do it again, though. What's going on? My girl had a degenerative disc problem. She recovered well, or at least we thought she did; but I lost her 3 months later. They think as a result of the surgery; possibly a blood clot or bone fragment going to her brain.
Are you looking at that now? What age is your dog, etc.? I'm sure it is fine for some. But if I had to do it over again; I would probably try conservative management as she had to stay on Rimadyl anyway for the HD.
Brodie is weak in his hind legs and they don't think it is arthritis so it may be some sort of spine problem. I think they would need a CT or MRI to know for sure - nothing is obvious on regular xrays. He is 11 and in good health otherwise but I still don't know. What were the symptoms and age of your dog?
The xrays showed the HD, but required a CT scan to show the disc problems. That was done at UGA. She had a very difficult time getting up. She would scoot across the floor after lying down for any period of time. She would cry in trying to stand up. We first thought it was the HD, so we went to UGA (on referral from our vet) to get the HD surgery done; but when they did the CT scan; they found the disc problems and contributed that to the pain (pressing on a nerve, etc.). She did great while on rimadyl and/or deramaxx; it just masked the pain and made it so she could get around normally. After the surgery, she still had to stay on the meds for the HD. 3 months later she became disoriented and went into shock. Results as stated above!
I'm not sure at 11 I would go through the MRI with the spine, but that is just me. Have you tried meds yet? Again, just me; but if I ever have it to do over again; I'll prolly go that route. Chelsea was only 8-1/2.
Brodie does not seem to be in pain. I did a trial of Deramaxx and also steriods with no improvement. I just worry what will I do if he gets worse where he can't stand up. He is too big for me to carry anywhere. He gets chiro and acupuncture now and seems to be holding but I am thinking this will only get worse.
I am sorry for your loss of Chelsea - :'(