Juice feels much better today. He is no longer whimpering unlike yesterday. He is weight bearing on his operated knee already. He hates to take a dump on lead so that's been a chore to this point but overall everything is looking good. I am going to start some range of motion exercises this weekend but dr Milton wants everything kept to a minimum for quite some time. The rehab plan I was given is much more conservative than many I have read. Crate rest and airing is about all he really wants for juice to have for the next few weeks. Looks to be a slow process but I guess it is what it is.
There are many surgeons that are ultra conservative in the rehab esp for home rehab as they do not have any control over what happens once the dog leaves their office so to minimize any problems they err on the side of caution.
I sped up the rehab process on my girl and the surgeon was very surprised at her progress but I was careful not to overdo it. I was able to keep her under control at all times.
If your dog is very high drive then you just need to go slower.
Thought I would update the thread in case anyone else is dealing with this right now. Juice is just over 6 months post surgery and is doing great. The other leg may blow any day but he is balls to the wall just like before, possibly even worse. He has been training now regularly since about mid march with no restrictions. He did have two flare ups at about 4 and 5 months post op and we never figured out what the deal was. Dr. Milton did xrays of the leg as well as hips, after a couple of days rest they went away. It was never following training or activity, both came after having some time off from training and being back in the concrete kennel. I believe it was concrete related as it only happened then, he would show extreme lameness if he had to walk on gravel then next to nothing when back on grass. I almost feel it may have been a pad issue, but don't know for sure. Anyway, he is doing great and is back to getting ready to run the Q in the fall. I took it very slow with rehab, the first 6 weeks were just crate rest, air on lead and some moderate leash walks on flat mowed ground. We did some underwater treadmill and I feel like that helped a great deal, it eased my mind having a professional put eyes on him a couple times a week. Rehab was a pain and I don't wish it on anyone but its behind us at least for now. If you need the procedure and are in the southeast, it would be hard to recommend anyone than Dr. Milton and his staff.
That's great! I have a 18 month old out of Grady that had a partially torn ccl. Had the tplo done in Memphis at Memphis Veternarian specialist by dr. Maxwell. Everyone told me to go to Birmingham, Memphis was more expensive, but more convenient.
She had surgery in early january. Upon her 6 week checkup she started limping a day before. The plate had broken the bone where the top screw was located. It became infected. Also 2 of the 6 orthepedic screws are backing out. This has allowed the plate to move slightly. Needless to say, about 4 more trips back and fourth the infection is gone. Her leg is healing up good, but is 12 degrees off of being properly aligned....... Now they want to remove this plate, cut the leg again and realign and install another plate. If all goes well we will be lucky to be back training this fall. This has not been a good experience. The doctor is saying her bone failed and that's why it broke and the screws are backing out. The only 2 screws backing out are the same. The other 4 are a different type (thread) and are holding fine???
I hope no one ever has to go through this. I was never told this was a chance I take when having this surgery. And that I'm the first one this has ever happened to out of the thousands of tplos performed.
She has been confined to a small crate the entire time only allowed out to air several times a day. And then on a short leash. Sedated the entire time. About 700.00 in medication do far. No jumping at all.
Did I mention her name is LUCKY??
What's everyone's thoughts on this?
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