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…might be an issue, assistance with going potty (we used a sling that our vet gave us for the first 2 days and were already used to it since Max had TPLO surgery 8 weeks prior) and from your post Im wondering if you wont have an issue with the kids? I accidentally bumped Max's surgery site and it

…have a 19 mo old black lab. Max had TPLO surgery in Oct and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in that same leg in Dec, having amp surgery Dec 18. I know this is kind of reverse of what you…

…are asking, but what I can tell you is how the recovery went for the TPLO. Typically, 8 solid weeks of rest and minimal movement is required for optimal healing. The dog is in pain quite a bit and has to learn to walk on…

…as far as repair surgery, however. Maybe there are other options? In my opinion, amp surgery recovery is much quicker than TPLO recovery, 2 weeks vs. 8 weeks.

 If you are considering amp and then cruciate ligament surgery, having been through both with my own dog

20 January 2009 8:49 pm
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…your dog. My pawrents treated it with rest, arthritis meds, and acupuncture, which helped a lot. They were scared that I would have to have that TPLO of surgery, but I didn't after all.

I wish we had more experience to offer you in this area.

But, we do strongly agree with Zeus and Heather

20 January 2009 1:50 pm
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…so he would have to walk. This relieved me, but at the same time, increased my fears!

Good News! The x-ray showed NO broken pins or screws (TPLO several years ago), Bone NOT broken nor fractued, but it did show moderate to severe arthritis. Diagnosis is that he sprained his knee

10 January 2009 2:54 am
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…AND GET THE CHEMO BEFORE THE CANCER GETS HIM AND WE CANT DO IT!!!! He has been through so much it makes me sick to think about it. First in Oct TPLO surgery, then we find the cancer, Dec 18th the amp, 2 weeks later the thrombocytopenia and now this. Its just not fair.

He looked at me when I

8 January 2009 6:04 pm
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…the knee, that improving his knee pain is best for us.  We don't regret one decision we have made, knowing that the amputation, then the TPLO, was the right choice, and now, this surgery.  Ivan is in good hands with Dr. Carlson at Berkeley Dog and Cat, she has been the most

6 January 2009 9:45 pm
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Views: 6128

…An update on Ivan.  After good progress on recovering from his TPLO surgery, Ivan ruptured his right rear cruciate ligament, despite the physical therapy routine we were using to avoid that event  At the same…

…round of oral cemo to slow the lung mets down.  We're taking it a day at a time.  Had the lungs been clear, we were going to do another TPLO, since Ivan did so well with the first recovery, was a happy dog even on restricted activity. 

We keep the faith, thanks everyone for your

2 January 2009 8:11 pm
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…An update on Ivan.  Since Ivan had his left rear knee operated on November 4, with a TPLO reconstruction, and after doing hydrotherapy and chiropractic adjustments, he ruptured the right rear leg cranial cruciate ligament.  Sadly,…

… lvan's chest xray this week came back showing lung mets, so we won't be doing another TPLO. 

We have now switched to oral chemo in hopes of slowing the tumors down.  The first drug, Cytoxan, we decided to discontinue at this

2 January 2009 7:56 pm
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…Hi Geo and IAWL......Max had his left hind leg amp. the 18th of Dec. This was after TPLO surgery on that same leg back in Oct. The cancer was hiding in the bone above the TPLO so wasnt caught. Max has done not much more than sleep this

29 December 2008 9:21 am
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…wouldnt worry either....We have a 19mo old Lab who had TPLO surgery and then 8 weeks later was diagnosed with osteocarcoma in that same leg and had it amputated. After both surgeries he didnt go to the

26 December 2008 4:56 pm
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…he wants to do is lay and sleep. He has no interest in his toys at all. As far as getting problem. He got used to 3 legs after his TPLO surgery and its pretty much like second nature to him now that the leg is gone. This behavior is so different from the Max that we are used to and I

26 December 2008 4:45 pm
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…. All I need is a sling so that if I slip it will catch me and thats just until my incision heals. I had lots of previous TPLO surgery taught me how to walk on 3 legs while I still had 4! In 2 weeks Ill start chemo and get my staples out. Im so grateful for Dr.

20 December 2008 2:15 pm
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…and went potty outside. Dr. Julia said he did very well on his 3 legs and Im not surprised since he hasnt used 4 since Oct when he had the original TPLO surgery. The oncology dept did a blood test to check for something (I cant remember the name but starts with an A) that would tell them if the

19 December 2008 10:22 am
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Views: 3660

…Thanks everyone for your encouragement. This was so incredibly unexpected and really caught us off guard. We were thinking that the TPLO plate was broken or a bone was broken when we took him in and NEVER even considered the possibility of cancer.

 Max is in surgery now

18 December 2008 11:46 am
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…work, personal health issues....heck, I could go on forever. So when Trevor was diagnosed with bone cancer, after I just spent the $3500 on the TPLO (lots of airline miles on that credit card purchase!), I don't think I could have hurt more even if I were hit by a semi.  It absolutely…


I'm going to figure out this blogging a bit more, because maybe in the future there will be another person with a dog recovering from TPLO who is then diagnosed with OS in another leg and they willl feel more informed and comforted.  Pictures to follow!


7 December 2008 4:43 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 20
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…dog, he would do the amputation and chemo.  And shouldn't I rely on his recommendation?  I worry about him being only 4 weeks out from TPLO on the back leg.  But, what do I know?  I'm just a lady who loves her big brute of a rottweiler to no end!  He's not the

7 December 2008 12:07 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
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Views: 11483

…How long ago was your dog's ACL repaired?  Did he have a TPLO?  I would look at Ivan's story on this website, since he just had amputation and chemo followed by ACL repair.  If your vet thinks your

6 December 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 20
Views: 11483

…hydrotherapy, as we do notice his back legs are weakening, and we want to give him the best chance possible to keep strong while recovering from the TPLO.  We are now four weeks into that recovery period, and continue to do the prescribed at home exercises as well.   


1 December 2008 8:29 pm
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… We are committed to the in-home exercises, though, and Ivan doesn't mind as he is motivated by tasty treats!

Chemo was delayed again, as the TPLO incision site is still not healed completely, he will visit his surgeon tomorrow, and if she signs off on it, he'll get his second chemo

24 November 2008 4:18 pm
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…Just wanted to report in on Ivan's TPLO surgery recovery--he's doing well, can support weight on that back leg now, so he's back hopping around!  We are stilll on restricted…

…wrinkle in the chemo schedule--he was due for his second chemo treatment today, but we postponed it for a week because one area of his most TPLO incision has not yet healed, not unusual for a dog on chemo, our oncologist says.  She is also recommending acupuncture when we go in next for

17 November 2008 3:16 pm
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…An update from Ivan.  I had my surgery Tuesday November 4, a TPLO.  I am now at home with my mom, I am doing well.  I am now having to use the harness, until my leg gets a little stronger, but I am so

7 November 2008 8:20 pm
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…to ask before doing another surgery.  TTA is the newest technique in fixing ruptured ACLs so I do not have any experience with that.  TPLO involves putting a metal implant in the knee and re-adjusting the angle of the joint so that the dog can bear weight better.  Both of these

2 November 2008 9:03 pm
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… I will talk to Ivan's oncologist and ortho surgeon tomorrow.  I did read on one of the CCL sites that a possible complication of recovery from TPLO or TTA surgery is chemotherapy.  Ivan did so well in his amputation recovery, I think he has a strong constitution, and he has a wonderful

2 November 2008 8:49 pm
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…answer, can you check the acronyms you had in your post to see if i got it right? thanks


CCL - crucial/cruciate ligament injury?

TPLO - tibial plateau leveling osteotomy?

TTA -  tibial tuberosity advancement?


Thanks. Hey Ivan, can we see a pic? 


2 November 2008 12:17 pm
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…can put no weight on his left side.  He went from a great energetic tripod to having great difficulty moving.  The vet wants to do a TPLO or TTA surgery this Tuesday, to fit in with his next scheduled chemo, and the recovery period involves 8 weeks of severely restricted activity.&nbsp

2 November 2008 11:00 am
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Views: 6128

Finn looks good-less shaking today-thanks for the ideas on what that might be.  It makes sense.  He seems pretty sore but he already had a TPLO (?) surgery on his back right leg and his back left leg ligament is not doing so hot right now.  We will just keep putting him back together as

24 October 2008 9:51 pm
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…about 18 months ago. He was 13 at the time. Consultation & x-rays revealed that he'd damaged his cruciate ligament. Choices were the TPLO surgery or the lesser repair surgery and as he'd not actually broken the ligament yet, we opted for the less complex repair option. Then he had 10

29 July 2008 5:08 am
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Views: 13689

…him up to the UC Davis vet hospital and they confirmed the findings.  Since he was favoring his hind left knee more, we decided to perform a TPLO on that and do his right in the future.

     About two weeks after the TPLO (just last week) I noticed his condition…

…his hips and found, unfortunately, what they believe to be osteosarcoma.  I can't believe we put him through the invasive (and expensive) TPLO for absolutely nothing, and I'm a little frustrated that UCD didn't perform a comprehensive orthopedic diagnostic on him prior to the

Otter\'s Guardian
19 July 2008 7:51 pm
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…Hi Trouble's Mom,

Welcome to the forums and thanks for registerring! We're sorry to hear about your loss.

These search results for TPLO include a couple of our forum threads that mention that topic. Hopefully others will pitch in with their own experiences here.

10 July 2008 2:59 pm
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Views: 4247

…my shepherd/husky had to have his rear left leg amputated in December as he had developed osteosarcoma at the site of the metal implant from his TPLO surgery.  Needless to say, I am devastated with his loss as he should still be here!!!! I would like to get in touch with others who have…

…had TPLO surgeries and then developed cancer at the site of the metal implant.  Thank you.

Trouble's Mom

10 July 2008 1:29 am
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