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    Would like to hear from any field trialers that had to have the TPLO surgery done on their dog. After the surgery was you able to train for and compete in field trails and if so what was the recovery time until you could run an all ages setup? Thank you in advance.
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    I had two TPLO surgeries done on FC/AFC Freeridin Vampire Slayer. I think it was about six months after each surgery before she was running as she did before her injury.
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    Karma had a single done when she was a 3 yr old. Post Op.....6 weeks of physio-therapy (key)....was strength building for 2 months after that...then some water work.....I would say she was good to go after about 8 months.

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    Thanks Ted, that is good to hear.

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    I had two TPLO surgeries done on FC/AFC Freeridin Vampire Slayer. I think it was about six months after each surgery before she was running as she did before her injury.
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    Terry, search old threads. Sometimes after one ACL goes and is repaired the other one will go. Dr Howard in Tigard is very good and studied under Dr Barclay Slocum.
    I sure hope all goes well.

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    Since you are on the west coast I wouldn't even consider having it done without talking to Dr Cal Cadmus in Oakdale Ca. Cal's credentials speak for themselves. I would also discuss the situation with Dr Jeff Schuett out of Wisc. He is currently working on an alternative procedure that is called a "swivel lock" and has had very promising results. Both Dr.are National competitors so they understand the demands the game puts on these athletes
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    Quote Originally Posted by labsforme View Post
    Terry, search old threads. Sometimes after one ACL goes and is repaired the other one will go. Dr Howard in Tigard is very good and studied under Dr Barclay Slocum.
    I sure hope all goes well.

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    Terry- we had Halley's done at Northwest Veterinary Specialists by this guy:
    http://www.vcaspecialtyvets.com/nort...petersen/10468

    Very impressed and another Slocum disciple. She goes in for her 6 week checkup Wednesday. She is using the leg (it's a booger to keep her down in fact) and appears to be well on the road to recovery.

    Hope her new knee works as good as mine regards

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    Mr Bubba, glad Halley is doing well. That's a good clinic too. I use them for CERF. A lot of good choices for Terry.

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    I had a TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) done on my bitch. This is a cross between TPLO and TTA. So, much the same op as yours. She was 4 years old. She had the op, then a month of strict crate rest. Then gradually starting lead walking and building up walking over the next two months. At three months she was allowed to start free running and training. She had the Op in the beginning of June 2012 and I had her out trialling from September, and she won a two day open trial at the beginning of Oct 2012, making herself up to FT Champion! The surgeon had said to me she will never be the same again, and I am not sure about five bar gates and running across ploughed fields! But she can do it all... and it hasn't slowed her down any. Two years later at the age of six, she is still going strong and has just run in the IGL Retriever Championship 2014. So we've not looked back.

    But strict rehab, in my opinion, is make or break.

    Here's a video of her in action now:
    http://youtu.be/ylZGrTy_KCk
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