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Perry's ACL

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Perry had his ortho appointment on Tuesday. Apparently he seems to have torn his ACL again (the vet thought that the last time he hurt his leg was a partial tear in his ACL as well based on scarring and inflamation.) She said that she doesn't recommend surgery this time, but if it happens again then she would do it. So, we're on 2 months crate rest, again, and hopefully it will be fine after that, but if it tears again we're going to have to figure out how to be somewhere with a good ortho for 2 months for surgery and follow-up.

Has anyone done the custom braces for knee injuries for their Hav? They're crazy expensive, but I was wondering if anyone had tried them and if they worked well.
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Happy Holiday's everyone.

Perry had his ortho appointment on Tuesday. Apparently he seems to have torn his ACL again (the vet thought that the last time he hurt his leg was a partial tear in his ACL as well based on scarring and inflamation.) She said that she doesn't recommend surgery this time, but if it happens again then she would do it. So, we're on 2 months crate rest, again, and hopefully it will be fine after that, but if it tears again we're going to have to figure out how to be somewhere with a good ortho for 2 months for surgery and follow-up.

Has anyone done the custom braces for knee injuries for their Hav? They're crazy expensive, but I was wondering if anyone had tried them and if they worked well.
So sorry to hear this. ACL tears are SUCH a common injury. Honestly, I haven't heard of a single case where a brace did much good for an ACL. In the end, each of the people I know who have tried it, have opted for the surgery. Braces end up being uncomfortable and causing sores.
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So sorry to hear this. ACL tears are SUCH a common injury. Honestly, I haven't heard of a single case where a brace did much good for an ACL. In the end, each of the people I know who have tried it, have opted for the surgery. Braces end up being uncomfortable and causing sores.
The vet said that she (after admitting that she probably sees the ones that don't work more than ones that might work) didn't see the braces working well. I also was leaning against them, except perhaps if he does end up needing surgery for the other leg to try to prevent the 2nd one going while he's recovering from the 1st. That being said, not sure the cost benefit ratio (given that the custom ones seem to be around $1000) might not be worth it.

Can you get both done at the same time (ACL surgery)? Because if you can, I wonder if, given how often the 2nd one goes while recovering from the first, it might be better to have them do them both at the same time - while he's already under anesthesia - to shorten the recovery time? That being said, fingers crossed that it won't be needed, but given that this is the second partial, and he didn't do anything really obvious to tear it, I'm not hopeful.
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The vet said that she (after admitting that she probably sees the ones that don't work more than ones that might work) didn't see the braces working well. I also was leaning against them, except perhaps if he does end up needing surgery for the other leg to try to prevent the 2nd one going while he's recovering from the 1st. That being said, not sure the cost benefit ratio (given that the custom ones seem to be around $1000) might not be worth it.

Can you get both done at the same time (ACL surgery)? Because if you can, I wonder if, given how often the 2nd one goes while recovering from the first, it might be better to have them do them both at the same time - while he's already under anesthesia - to shorten the recovery time? That being said, fingers crossed that it won't be needed, but given that this is the second partial, and he didn't do anything really obvious to tear it, I'm not hopeful.
I don't think they'd ever agree to do surgery on a healthy knee, so there's that. Secondly, that would, literally, give the dog NO back legs to get around on/ Doesn't sound like a good plan. It's a pain that the second one so often goes, but I'm not sure there is a good way around it.


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I don't think they'd ever agree to do surgery on a healthy knee, so there's that. Secondly, that would, literally, give the dog NO back legs to get around on/ Doesn't sound like a good plan. It's a pain that the second one so often goes, but I'm not sure there is a good way around it.
That's sort of what I thought... but figured I'd ask a silly question anyway . No sense anticipating problems - just that being in the US for 2 months (or asking my Mom to take care of Perry during that time) is bad enough - but if it turned into 4 months because the 2nd one went that would be a major problem.
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I can say from experience not to have two ACL surgeries at once!!! One was quite an ordeal for Scout and us. The second surgery was easier because we knew what to expect. It was still very painful for him with Carprofen, Tramadol and sedatives for the first week. He didn't want to move. We had to carry him up and down stairs and outside to potty for eight weeks and another eight weeks for the second knee. Not sure why the other ligament tore because he was crated and only took a few steps while out to potty. I would never have surgery on a healthy knee to prevent a future tear. The surgeries fixed the tears, but it's better not to have surgery. The surgeon said a knee may occasionally get inflamed if Scout over exercises. He's back to normal running around like crazy with Truffles. Thank goodness he had completely recovered the week I fractured by wrist and had to have surgery!

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