Any thoughts or experiences with blown cruciate surgery? I've heard the rehab is a nightmare and the chances are you will have to go through it again with the other knee. Expensive too. Can it really be diagnosed with just an xray and exam? I know it doesn't make sense, but my better half does not readily accept crating our dogs much past a year old, so I'm afraid the surgery will be a huge, expensive, frustrating exercise that will ultimately fail. Bigger dogs seem more prone to it, so there should be some folks here with experience. MOLON LABE
Re: Cruciate surgery
Posted by Edog on May 24, 2013, 13:55:19, in reply to "Cruciate surgery" - FOUNDING MEMBER -
I think what you heard is correct... and unless you take many MONTHS of proper rehab and if it is genetic the chances of the other knee going are high especially since the dog will compensate for the injured leg with the non-injured one. I had a rescue pit mix with bad knees... seems like he got around ok... wasn't pretty and the knee eventually fused (stabilized) somewhat and gave him problems only after moderate to high running and playing... I think the dog can have a good life with a bum knee but 2 is pushing it IMO. This guy is boring but at a bout the 3:00 mark he gets into the diagnosis part and this will answer your ? about that.
P.S. We need to get together and mess with some dogs soon.
Yes, in the I have had a TPLO done on a mastiff and just did the rehab on another. The one where I did rehab she built the muscle up around the knees and did fairly well all the way up to when she died. TPLO was more recovery time but over all I was happy with the out come. It costed around 2k.