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Old 08-28-2015, 07:21 PM
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Default Knee surgery on my dog today

Some of you may have the read the post I made a week ago on my dogs ACL tear and needing surgery.
I decided to go back to the Unversity of Florida vet hospital for the procedure. The surgeon called me last week for a personal conversation and I appreciated that.
They said the procedure went perfect.
I was able to bring him home today.

I had no idea he would be in this rough a shape. He has literally had his ass kicked. He's going to need 24 hr care for at a minimum a week. That's fine, I'm here for him, I just got caught off guard a bit.

Anyone else go through this recovery? He had the TPLO procedure done. They also removed a very small tumor on the outside of the same leg.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:21 PM
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Many years ago I had a shepherd/Doberman mix that needed knee surgery for what I think was a torn ACL but it was so long ago I'm not 100% sure what she had at this point. Looked beat up when I brought her home but within 3 days she was walking on it fine and in a week or two it was like nothing had happened and she never had an issue with it again.
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My beagle had the same procedure and she was walking fine that night once the drugs wore off. The doc said they use fishing line to fix the tear.
Old 08-28-2015, 11:48 PM
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My co worker just had his dogs ACL repaired done a few weeks ago and at first it was better but now has gotten worse as the dog doesn't want any weight on the leg and wont get up. Just keep an eye on him and it should work out ok.
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My German shorthair had a TPLO on Tuesday and came home Thursday afternoon. Hecus doing quite well, other than he hates being confined to a crate
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The Revenge. You are in good hands at the University of Florida. My dog had AcL surgery in LA that was botched. The univeristy of Florida fixed it and my dog has been happy on that leg for years now.
I took my other dog there for brain surgery. The doctors and facility are top notch. Probably the best place you can go in the southeast US
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And yea the recovery sucks.it sucks to see them getting over it and not know what the hell happened. Mine was extended because of the dickhead in LA that screwed up,the first surgery. You should be in the best situation going right to the pros from the get go
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Originally Posted by Fishnmike View Post
My German shorthair had a TPLO on Tuesday and came home Thursday afternoon. Hecus doing quite well, other than he hates being confined to a crate
Good to hear.

Mines on his first day home now. He had me up all night standing on three legs. I could not get him to lay down. His surgery leg is huge from swelling now.

This morning I was able to give him his pain pills and a drug called acepromazine which I guess is a tranquilizer. The dosage is one 25mg tablet. Which also notes if it causes too much sedation to cut the pill in half. He is 79lb.
This pill has knocked him the hell out. I'm sitting here on pins and needles making sure he is still breathing. I wish it would wear off now.
They also prescribed Tramadol for pain.

What meds did they send you home with?
Old 08-29-2015, 08:26 AM
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This leg looks brutal.
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Higher than a kite. He's had the cone on the whole time. I took it off for a few while he's knocked out.
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Hard to watch them like this when your used them being entirely different.
Here's one of his favorite past times.
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My Shepard had both acls done. The first thing she did was chew off her cast. Took alittle while but she recovered fine. Just watch after both surgeries she had urinary tract infections and was peeing blood.
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I have the same meds. Yeah the ace is strong stuff, give him half. If your dog will go in a crate, its a good way to keep them contained and from hurting themselves.
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Wow that is some swelling! Poor little fella, at least he has you to take care of him.

No knee surgeries for my dock but he had surgery on his abdomen when he swallowed a rock then again about 8 months later for a hernia. The rock surgery was a more difficult recovery for him. He was also on sedatives and for the second surgery we got him a stronger dose. He essentially sleeper for almost 2 weeks while he recovered.

One thing that worked well for him for both surgeries was hard boiled eggs. He didn't want to eat but ate those. We put his pills in a little ball of cheese and he ate those no problem as well. After a couple days he was back to eating his food.

Keep us in the loop as far as his recovery. Hope that swelling goes down.
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Poor guy looks miserable. How's he doing? Hoping for a speedy recovery.
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My lab had this done about 12 months ago after a mountain bike injury. It just sucks. The immediate days after were the worst. She was just crying laying in her bed, even with the pain killers. The 24 hour care lasted maybe 4 days. A year later, she still is gimpy from time to time. The vet told us that a large percentage of dogs who have one will need the other if you don't keep them calm. I guess they'll over compensate with the other.

It just sucks, but you have to do it. The worst for me is I still have no idea what happend. She just came out of the woods three legging it. Vet yelled at me. Don't take dogs biking. 3 out of 4 never had an issue.
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This looks like a tough one but your pup will rebound. I had a golden retriever that had a luxating patella repaired. He was in tough shape as well. You just need to give it time. Dogs are very resilient. He will be back to himself in a few weeks down the road. Just don't let him push it hard for quite some time. Good luck!!
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This morning I noticed his balls were starting to swell some. I called the UF ER and they wanted to look at him.
We spent most of the day there. They attributed the testicle swelling to over flow swelling from his leg surgery. They did an ultra sound of his testicles and another X-ray of his knee to make sure the plate and screws area still in the right place.

The last two nights he has not relaxed. He kept trying to stand up all night long.
The Doc in the ER suggested allowing him to stay tonight with a mild sedative so he would stay off his leg completely and relax. I followed their advice so he's spending the night tonight. We checked on him a while ago. The nurse said he's resting nicely with a heating blanket and she was getting ready to feed him. She also said he's stayed still since he came in and needs to remain still.
All the nurses in there love him.

Tomorrow they're going to hand him back over to orthopedics in the morning just so they can also check him out while he's there.

No matter how many times they said he'll be fine today we're worried sick about him.
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My beagle had the same procedure and she was walking fine that night once the drugs wore off. The doc said they use fishing line to fix the tear.
The fishing line repair is not the same as the TPLO. It is used for smaller dogs, the TPLO for larger. It involves a radial cut of the leg bone and a plate to screw it back together.

My lab mix Charley has had both knees fixed by TPLO, one at ~3 and the other at ~4. She is 11 now.

I think she stayed with the hospital for ~48hrs after the surgery, then home. Looked about like yours when she got home. We had to help her go out and to the bathroom, using a sling to support her weight. She was weepy due to pain and/or the meds. But physically she healed pretty fast. We had her set up inside a doggy gate, and our puppy outside. When I came home on day 3 or 4 she had jumped over the gate and gotten onto a couch, and the puppy had jumped into the gated area.

I don't remember the exact timeline, but overall she was in much less pain a couple weeks after than she had been in before the surgery, and has been more active in the years since than she was as a younger / injured dog. She isn't a very active dog in general though, if my other dog had to go through it I don't know that we could keep him down without a sedative.

FYI if he tore one, >50% chance he'll tear the other one.
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Thanks Revenge for the update. Each day that passes, he will get a little better. How old is he?

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