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    colby is offline Senior Member
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    Hi,
    Finally an answer to the lameness. It has been a long haul trying to get the answer. It was not textbook in syptoms and after being told she had various other things we have a firm diagnosis. We have been to numerous vets and physical therapists not to mention 2 different orthovets to finally get this answer. Not only does she have some movement on one of the tests to confirm but she has lost some of the leg muscle in her thigh. Now onto the next problem. Lily is very high energy. She loves to be in motion. Orthovet strongly recommends TPLO. I went in only thinking traditional repair. He says that given that fact that she only 5 years old and of such high energy there is a big chance that she will stretch out the ligaments. He says that evidence supports much more problem with arthritic changes as she gets older with the traditional. The fact that she has lost muscle mass is not good....bigger chance for her to injure other leg due to using it harder even after the surgery. The good hind leg on exam today is fine. Very thankful for that. He says they are on their feet so to speak much quicker with the TPLO My HEAD is about to blow up I have such a headache. I have read the thread below regarding acl .....Could those of you that have been faced with this choice please tell me how you chose the type of surgery that you chose and how it has gone with recovery. I am so sad that we have been at this for so long. Thank you all in advance for taking the time to reply. Surgery is for next Friday.
    Colby
    <br />~Colby &amp; Lily~* <br />Southern Coastal Maine

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    Hi Colby ~ My girl, Gracie had TPLO about 2 years ago when she was 4. I am so sorry to hear about Lily. Gracie's surgery seems to have been a great success! She is back out chasing chipmunks, butt tucking, swimming....except for a slight bowleggedness when she is walking on tile floors, you would never know she had the surgery!

    We were given the option of either the traditional repair and the TPLO. We decided on the TPLO because she was so young and we wanted to give her the best shot at leadng a normal, active labbie life! The Ortho did ensure us that both surgeries were excellent options with the TPLO having a slightly lower chance of re-injury. Had she been older we probably would have gone with just the traditional surgery. In your case, it does sound like the TPLO is the best bet.

    The recovery is not easy.....we were told no stairs, no jumping, no off leash activities for almost 4 months. My hubby built her a ramp to get outside and also a small one that I could store in the van so once she was able to return to her Therapy Dog work, I didn't have to lift her into our van. With the TPLO they are able to bear weight sooner than the traditional surgery, but our Ortho said that the total recovery time is longer as it is a more invasive procedure (cutting into the bone and placement of plates, etc.)

    Hope everything goes well this Friday! Here are a couple of pics of Gracie the day she came home from the surgery.




    Poor baby...her butt was so cold!


    Here is my son keeping her company.


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    We also did TPLO. I had two ortho specialists tell us that traditional was not a good option for us due to my dog's size and age. He is around 90 pounds. They told us that the failure rate of traditional is much higher with big dogs and that they see less problems with TPLO. I figured I'd rather just fix it right the first time rather than having to go through it again, so we did the TPLO. It's been about 1 1/2 years now since the TPLO and my dog is doing great. You wouldn't know he had a problem. I think to some degree you just have to trust the experts and go with your gut.

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    Thank you both for replying and also for the pictures. Her surgery is for March 9th. I am glad that you both had great success with the surgery that you chose and that your labs are doing well I PM'd you.
    <br />~Colby &amp; Lily~* <br />Southern Coastal Maine

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    Quote Originally Posted by stlabs
    We also did TPLO. I had two ortho specialists tell us that traditional was not a good option for us due to my dog's size and age. He is around 90 pounds. They told us that the failure rate of traditional is much higher with big dogs and that they see less problems with TPLO. I figured I'd rather just fix it right the first time rather than having to go through it again, so we did the TPLO. It's been about 1 1/2 years now since the TPLO and my dog is doing great. You wouldn't know he had a problem. I think to some degree you just have to trust the experts and go with your gut.
    Ditto to this whole post. Hudler had one knee done 7/05, and then blew the other 9/05 and had that one done. By 12/05, he was fully healed again. He was 4 at the time. He healed remarkably well. We live in a ranch so he had no stairs, he got around well. Since he won't poop on his property, we had to walk him 2x a day every day, even the day after surgery, and he did fine.

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    DefaultRe: ACL Repair question

    I just had the traditional repair done on my fiance's dog. She is doing very well, but is one of the lazy labs. She isn't energetic and prefers sleeping and eating to anything else in the world. If she had been Emmy (the lab in the first pic) I would have done a TPLO. Emmy is psycho and is in constant motion. She is the exact opposite of Nina. You should go with the surgery that you and your surgeon feel is the best for your dog. Good luck on friday!
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