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Torn ACL and surgery

In a recent post, I spoke of my little Leela having been diagnosed with bilateral medial subluxation by my regular vet. Now having been seen by an orthopedic specialist, we find that she has a torn ACL, the subluxation is not the issue. The specialist is recommending surgery - a procedure known as a TPLO. Has anyone had this surgery? Any advice anyone has to offer? I just want to be sure in my heart that this surgery will be in her best interest and have a little peace of mind with my decision.

Surgery is tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday.

Thank you for your input. I am so very sad right now.



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In a recent post, I spoke of my little Leela having been diagnosed with bilateral medial subluxation by my regular vet. Now having been seen by an orthopedic specialist, we find that she has a torn ACL, the subluxation is not the issue. The specialist is recommending surgery - a procedure known as a TPLO. Has anyone had this surgery? Any advice anyone has to offer? I just want to be sure in my heart that this surgery will be in her best interest and have a little peace of mind with my decision.

Surgery is tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday.

Thank you for your input. I am so very sad right now.
Some here have had that, so I hope they chime in. I have a friend who's Standard Schnauzer had that and is recovering. Sometimes I will see her walking him out at the lake. He's coming along nicely! A torn ACL seems to happen sometimes with the dogs doing agility. I know Coal got his jumping. Good luck to you with the surgery!
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My lab torn both of her ACL's. One at 6 months and the other leg at 1 year of age. I don't know what the surgery was called. She is going on 12 years of age now, it was done by my vet. She was whining when she laid down, was what brought it to my attention that something was wrong. Being a young lab, she was still full of energy and still is. She runs and plays with my havs and swims during the warm months. She is getting old now and has the older dog issues, but the legs never had to be repaired again.

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My neighbor's dog had it and he did great! He had to lay low for a few weeks, poor baby even had a cast, and then he was fine and he's acting like a puppy again.

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Bentley, my 9 year old HAV has torn both ACLs. When he tore the first, my vet at the time recommended immediate surgery at $1500 ish. There is a very well respected Ortho vet near me and I decided to get a second opinion. His opinion was that in small breeds surgery is usually unnecessary and certainly worth waiting to see how he did with rest. That was 2 years ago. He doesn't even limp on that leg and continues to RLH. This summer he tore the other one. Since then I have switched to that vet practice and his daughter a recent Orthopaedic Vet specialist has also joined the practice. When I took him in for that tear, the 1st tear had completely stabilized and they did not suggest surgery for the second tear either. That was 6 months ago and although he limps a bit when he over does it his is about 95% asymptomatic.

BTW my son is an Ortho rep for hip and knee replacements and when I asked him if I was right to not do the surgery. He said "Mom, lots of people don't have their ACLs repaired and they do fine!"

By all means do what you feel is right!! I was comfortable with my decision to let Mother Nature do her thing.

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LOL! I saw this and said yup, just had a new one put in last Friday. It's so hard for me to keep my leg up...can't imagine it for a dog!

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I'll copy this here too:
I guess that good news???? I know freddie tore something. I almost think it was his ACL. He slipped on the tile while playing with my ex husbands dog. Boy did he scream and cry! All I know is it healed and he's has been fine since then. He was on the strictest crate rest for 2 weeks. Only allowed to stand to do his business, then right back in the crate. I also carried him outside. He was not allowed to walk at all. They told me if i didn't keep him in for the 14 days, he would need surgery. He seemed better after about 10 day, but my vet warned me not to take him out before the 14 days. I hope this works for Leela.

Here's are the threads:
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....freddie&page=3

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....freddie&page=5

I just reread my threads and now I remember it really took almost the entire 2 weeks for him to heal. I think he was better a couple days before the 14, but I kept him in. I guess I forgot it was so long ago, but he actually fell off the doggy steps! The tile was a separate incident. I think the injury was caused by him having the luxating patellas.






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I'm sorry to hear about Leela, and I'm sure you'll decide what's best for her. It's good to know that some have healed without the surgery, so maybe a second opinion is a good idea if your undecided.

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This is a tough one. IDK. My tendencies are to usually go for surgeries. But the peeps on this thread sure make a good case for not doing it. I'm so sorry for his injury!

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Poor Leela and mom!!

Ricky (9 years old)tore both ACL's and had Extracapsular Repair surgery about one year apart from each other.

Extracapsular surgery is very different from TPLO surgery.
This technique is most commonly used in small dogs and cats. They say about 85% of patients show a significant improvement after surgery and are able to resume pre-injury activities.

It was a long recuperation but Ricky's out of pain and able to go on his long walks...
Hopefully the surgery will slow down the risk of arthritis!

I learned a lot from Orthodogs http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/orthodogs/

Good luck on you decision!

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