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…has tweaked just about every part of his legs. 

Jumping ahead, IF...IF it's a cruciate  injury  that requires surgery, definitely  go with the TPLO.  It's a more exp route (of course) and requirs a higher skill than what a "regular " Bet does with the "other" surgery  that is sometimes  called

15 April 2020 9:46 am
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…that I really didn't want. 

  I took my 7 year old Rotty Ziva to the Vet on Wednesday due to a limp she has had for about a week. 

Ziva had TPLO surgery about two years ago, so I was assuming she did something similar to her front leg. No such luck. She has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.

10 April 2020 10:15 pm
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… in addition to being a front legger  tripawd, he had a crucite knee repair aurgery kn ine resr lev, and then a year later, a cruciate  surgery (TPLO) on the other rear.  Then, a couple of months ago he had surgery  to remove the apparatus stuff from the first surgery.  I say all this to say he

…two years ago.  It was what they call the "fish line technique".   A year later his other rear leg had cruciate  aurgery.  This time it was the TPLO type.  Now, two years after the first surgery, it failed.  He basically was walking on one front leg and one back leg (both on the same side). …

…..a slim possibility,  but still maybe a possibility. It's worth asking the professionals if Poochi could go ahead and have the cruciate  surfery (TPLO and the, about a mo th later go ahead with the amputation???    Frankie recovered  from the TPLO surgery "relatively"  quickly.  Anyway, just

…of the crimp and nylon implant and appropriate antibiotic therapy does not improve symptoms and the use of the leg, then corrective Osteoomy  ( tplo)of the left knee may need to be considered.

Thank you cery much again❤

10 March 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
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…have heard of taking out the metal hardware for TPLO or TTA if there is an infection but I have not seen infection this far out from a lateral suture.  Is there a small piece of metal still in there? 

5 March 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Ask A Vet!
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Views: 512

…I to  consideration he's a tripawd with two rear leg surgeries and lots of the dreaded arthritis.

Even if I Mrs Bill Gates, he didn't  feel like a TPLO was an option in large part because  of the arthritis, as well as not having unaltered bone to work with.  He would be very hesitant  to consider…

… for that type of "fishing line" surgery to be effective (70 lbs). It is a much less expensive  surgery, HOWEVER, if you have a choice between a TPLO and the fishing line technique,  I would go with the TPLO IF possible!  That's not to say a smaller dog it may be absolutely  fine and last a long…

…time!  But a larger tripawd, based on my experience  only, the TPLO is the way to go with a Board Certified  Orthopedic Surgeon  who has done huge numbers of them.

Sooooo.......has of now, Frankie is  going

…for probably at least six years (adopted him thst way).   Had cruciate fishing line technique  aurgery on one rear leg two  years ago.  Had TPLO  surgery kon other resr leg one year  ago.  The TPLO leg was a better outcome for him (knocking on wood non stop).   Leg appears to have full

15 February 2020 10:02 am
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…thing.  Hes's been offloading  onto his other two legs more and more the past month, or maybe more on the front leg and the other rear leg that had TPLO a year ago.  

I sensed "something was happening" with the offloading  and rhe way he holds that leg out straight  and to the side.  I  wanted to

4 February 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
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Views: 512

… as well as arthritis.  He had cruciate repair surgery on one rear leg two years ago, and then a year later had cruciate  repair on the other (TPLO).  So at least I had plenty  of time for the first one to heal, .Obviously.  you have a tougher road ahead, but you and Bunny will get thru this

29 January 2020 2:55 pm
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…a 9 y.o. pit/lab mix who had his right hind leg removed 1 week ago. He's about 75 lbs and has chronic orthopedic disease- had a cruciate tear and TPLO many years ago on the amputated leg, and his remaining left hind limb has a chronic partial cruciate tear. He also has an angular limb deformity on

…medicine before after the knee problems.

She's able to hop around quite well but gets tired very fast. Bathroom is a bit of a problem. She had TPLO surgeries on both knees when she was 7 years old and I think she doesn't quite feel steady between the knees and the new limb configuration. Without

19 October 2019 11:21 am
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…have an American Pitbull Terrior who had a TPLO repair 3 years ago.  I do not know if it was the surgeon or just bad luck, but the plate protruded the knee and a year later the leg had to be

3 September 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
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…. Both at the Bridge now.  But Murp is one we refer too often because within six weeks (I think I have the timing right) of amputation, jer needed TPLO on one of his remaining  legs.  The devotion, determination  that Kathy and Garry, and Murphy too, display was Herculean!


19 August 2019 8:06 pm
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….  The first one was the "less expensive " cruciate repair with the "fishing line type" method.  The second one was the more expensive  procedure (TPLO?) with screws and medal.  The second in healed faster and seems to have given him a better range of motion and a more normal gait with that

15 August 2019 9:33 am
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…earlier, but something just seemed off when it slowly worsened despite meds, rest, and a leg brace. I was trying to prepare myself for a probable TPLO surgery. And now here we are. 

For now the plan is to bring him home the same day as the surgery. The clinic doesn’t have staff on site

23 July 2019 2:08 pm
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…though,, especially  if you are a one human household. 

Fast forward December  2019.  Yep, the other rear leg, same issue!  This  time I did the TPLO surgery (as opposed to the "fishing wire" one).  Back to trying to hop on two.  This surgery  was much "easier" and the recovery  time was…

…with very little, or no help.

I know this is such a different scenario and, as I typo,  I'm  not even sure why I shared it!  I do know that the TPLO surgery seems to be holding well (KNOCKING ON WOOD) and he is also very arthritic.  I give him joint supplements  and Rimadyl sometimes.  His

…great until they were subsumed by VCA and the VIC!!). We had many misgivings because this was the same hospital that insisted Travis Ray needed a TPLO for an ACL tear that might or might not exist (xrays did not really show anything--so he did NOT have a TPLO and recovered great with a little

… if Gatsby is a good candidate.   Arthritis  usually  is not a vig enoigh deal to eliminate proceeding with surgery.  Dogs woth arthritis, TPLO surgeries,  etc, still an do very well on three.

Yoi can talk to your Vet about joint supplements,  adequan injections, etc as a way to help keep

27 May 2019 9:17 pm
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…..only with Vet approval of course..

BTW  My adopted tripawd Frankie has had cruciate repair one one remaining  back lelg and then a year later, TPLO on the other...all while he is a tripawd!   Making him not do everything full out, crazy and wild is the ja4d part!


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15 May 2019 3:21 pm
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…dog fix/ visiting, I encouraged her to adopt a tripod if she happened to come across one. I am ALREADY a tripawd fan for life.....

Mogul's TPLO leg is diagonal from apu.

He does very well during the day, then all through the past 4 nights sits up on his chest in bed awake and panting even

15 May 2019 2:41 pm
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…been through so much but look at how you’ve come out the other side, truly inspawrational!

Did he have the amputation on the same leg as his TPLO?

Thanks for sharing and the kind words. We try hard to let vets know we exist so be sure to request some vet office Tripawds Outreach brochures

13 May 2019 5:48 am
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…before I had 3 weeks of inability to think of anything but trying to make the right decision for my 14 yo Mogul lab/rottie x who has already had a TPLO (R. knee), gastropexy (bloat fix/"tummy tuck") and recent hypothyroid. Reading conversations on this site before surgery allowed me to think of

12 May 2019 10:37 pm
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…right front amputation. Less than a year later she tore her cranial cruciate ligament in left rear, four days later she tore her right. She had TPLOs one month apart with extensive rehab. She has been doing ok until 6 months ago. She now has one of the biggest OCD lesions(joint mouse) that

…massaging inbetween and massaging bu assistant  during the process.

His therapy  was for his two back legs (a front legger tripawd) for cruciate/TPLO surgery  at two different times a year apart on each leg.  She did suggest  that he have pain meds ahead of each session.     So maybe a dose of

30 April 2019 12:35 pm
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…I’m not sure if that’s from squishing it all night, or just normal fluid swelling, but I’m pretty sure I remember her having the same thing after her TPLO a few years back. I’ll just keep her quiet and maybe ice it a few times a day and monitor before panicking.

as for the weight loss, I’m totally

16 April 2019 3:54 pm
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…the typical amputation recovery. As scary as that can be, I would much rather go through that than what you went through, or other surgeries like TPLO/FHO on a Tripawd. So kudos to you, your pack has a great attitude that makes you rock solid. You can conquer the world now!

31 March 2019 2:40 pm
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…loving  furever home.

Frankie (Jerry gave uou a ljnk) had surgery on one of his rear legs (cruciate  repair surgery) and then a year later had TPLO surgery on the other remaining  leg.  

I was very, very lucky with the first surgery to be able to arrange for a Mobile Rehab Vet visit several…

…month  two of recovery. It made all the dif6 innthe world.  When you check out his links you can see sone of rhe technique she used.

With the TPLO surgery,  I was incredibly  lucky in that the Bet agreed to, deep him at the clinic for a week, do ice therapy, stretching,  etc.

I know it's  a

28 March 2019 9:51 pm
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…- On Christmas Day my Tripawd, Bodhi, completely tore his CCL on his remaining rear leg.  He received TPLO surgery on Jan 10 and recovered wonderfully!  10 weeks in he is lame again in his rear leg and is not baring any weight on it at all.  Anybody have…

…ever experience this after TPLO?

One worried Momma!  

27 March 2019 1:08 pm
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I wanted to reach out on this as my tripawd, also with 1 rear leg, is three weeks post TPLO. I have followed things to a T. I am so scared to do something wrong. 

I am not going to lie, it has been tough at times. Currently we just got

23 February 2019 3:59 pm
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