A very interesting blog post from a surgeon/vet specialist. The text explains treatments for cruciate ligament rupture in dogs.
This excerpt: More recently, a different approach has been taken to treating canine cruciate ruptures, with good results. Instead of trying to replace or mimic the function of the cruciate ligament, we can alter the way the muscles act around the knee so that they do not need a cruciate ligament anymore.
Very good information in this web site. I recommend fewer do fewer traditional stifle surgeries than in my younger days and recommend the TPLO or TTA procedure as the treatment of choice.
I think the significant statement was:
They also go on to use the leg more normally long-term, and can in most cases return to the same level of exercise ability they enjoyed before the injury. Additionally there is significantly less arthritis that forms in the knee as they get older
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Our old, dear departed lab, Hershey, had TPLO done in both rear knees one year apart. His recovery was good and his activity level was (almost) back to normal. However, his jumping days were over and he had to be lifted in and out of the truck from then on. He still could do stairs good, but took a bit more effort.
A huge hurdle for many is the cost of TPLO. The vet that did Hershey, Dr. VanVechten and Dr. Neeley of VRCC were amazing and well worth the $4000 (each knee).
God bless our pups!
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My pup had two TPLOs six months apart at the age of 5. You'd never know it now the way he tears around the yard (just turned 8)! His recovery was amazing and the surgery was well worth the expense. My cousin (in CA, we're in CO) went through the same thing with her Dobie and told me her vet recommended the TTA as "the only way to go". My vet (Dr Van Vechten, as well) didn't even mention the TTA, so I don't know if there is a regional preference or what (the other ortho clinics around here that I looked into all seemed focused on the TPLO). I know there are a ton of factors that go into recovery, but "watching" my cousin's Dobie's recovery via Facebook versus what we experienced with the two TPLOs makes me want to stick with TPLO if encounter this issue in the future.
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