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… okay, the remaining.  Yeah, a tough deal you have going on, but certainly doable!

My Frankie referenced above in link Karen gave you, had TPLO surgery this past December on one of  his TWO remaining back legs (a front leg tripawd).  His other back leg did, however, have cruciate repair…

…it was tumor removal) done on her dog's remaining legs and, with a long recovery and lots of care, her pup (senior) recovered okay!!

The TPLO surgery  is a quicker recovery than the "other" recovery  for cruciate repair  (based in my experience  anyway).  Obviously,  longer recov9 time

23 February 2019 12:45 pm
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…a bit pf brain fog,   So TPLO on the ONE remaining  resr leg?

23 February 2019 11:46 am
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…sweet Lily, a three year tripawd just had a TPLO yesterday and I am wondering if anyone can give me some insight on what we can expect for recovery. Unfortunately we have been through this

23 February 2019 11:19 am
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…some links you may be interested in. These articles cover some Tripawds who have been through a THR and others who have been through FHO and also TPLO surgeries. Different situations but similar recoveries.

What to Know About Remaining Limb Surgery on a Tripawd
Frankie's cruciate repair!!

13 February 2019 10:20 pm
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…you everyone for your supportive and fun posts❤

An update on Merry Myrtle the Blind RockStar.  As you know, Feankie was able to get his TPLO operation because of some very, very kind  and generous Christmas Angel's who made that miracle possible💖

I mentioned  in September  I was going to

12 February 2019 4:21 pm
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…least for five years.  A year ago Frankie hsd cruciate  repair  surgery on one of his rear legs.  Fast forward to this past December  and he had a TPLO on his other remaining  back leg!  Knocking on wood, he is doing extremely  well all things considered!  So I have no doubt your Porter will do

1 February 2019 11:27 am
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…English Mastiff Tazzie had a similar situation, although her ACL repairs did not involve TPLOs (she had lateral sutures).  She had her knee surgeries at about 3 or 4 years of age and then had her RF leg amputated at age 6 for OSA.  She did

28 January 2019 8:58 am
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…others, so just doing a bit of research in prep for my appt tomorrow.

I guess my main concern is how he’ll do on 3 legs after going through 2 TPLO’s.  He recovered nicely from both surgeries, the first one shortly after he turned 1 and the 2nd was last December.  The second took a bit longer

27 January 2019 2:05 pm
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…into his lungs, and a couple weeks ago the vet said that there is no sign of cancer in either of his knees/lower back.

-Toby has had 2 TPLO (knee replacements) surgeries in the past (2013/2014)

Toby seemed to do a little better after the last vet visit once the sedation wore off.

…rhe leg thst looks a bit weird,  is actually the first cruciate repair leg.  He still isn't  real ...hmmm..."fluid" or "flexible" with his TPLO leg, but doing so much better than I ever thought possible!  I hoped though!

I asked Frankie if he was happy that  we were able to proceed

9 January 2019 8:08 pm
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Appears to be doing "bunny hop" less and less.  Still has most pressure on left rear and uses head bobbing and pulling with front leg.  TPLO leg DEFINITELY takes some pressure fairly consistently.   I think, looking at the video, his right leg should be bent more....using more of a

3 January 2019 10:59 am
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…perspective.   For a many year tripawd (at least  five), who has arthritis, hip dysplasia, cruciate  surgery one rear leg a year ago, and cruciate TPLO surgery  on the other, yeah, Frankie is doing really well (more knocking on wood)!!  And this WITHOUT proper Rehab follow up.  

Hoping to get

2 January 2019 4:34 pm
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… It appears that his right hind leg is the one that is most troublesome, he holds it at a weird angle when we prop him up. This leg had a successful TPLO surgery about 5 years ago. However, he completely folds all legs when we stand him up-it's as if his whole body seizes up and he's either too

…been in very good spirits the last couple months - it's really amazing how fast he healed up!

Toby has been through other surgeries, he has had 2 TPLO surgeries (knee replacements), one back when he was about a year old, and the other the next year.

Unfortunately I fear things have taken a turn

…and I first did for Frankie.  He just said that in Frankie's specific case (three legs, one of them already had surgery, arthritis,  etc), the TPLO was the only way to go...the A+ way to go versus C-, C.

18 December 2018 9:05 pm
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…touching.  Front leg still collapses some.  But when he was trying to crawl over me to get out of the cage, he certainly  appeared to be using the TPLO leg to plow through me😁

One of his buddies  took him out to pee and he had a very, very  hard time bending over, trying to keep up with him hanging

15 December 2018 8:50 pm
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…noted muscle  atrophy in  other rear leg too (first cruciate repair leg).  That means he was relying heavily  on his front leg and what is now his TPLO leg.

Going to see Frankie tomorrow.  I KNOW he's in good hands. Even if not a 24/7,   they will ice him, do some heat and range of motion in a

13 December 2018 10:49 pm
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11 December 2018 3:07 pm
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…and Rehab Vet) and someone  who had a connection with Colorado Rehab, it was determined  the ONLY option to give him a CHANCE was the stronger TPLO  surgery with tons of Rehab    There are no guaramtees as it's  hard to say how much longer his  other legs can help while he's  trying to recover. 

7 December 2018 11:50 am
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…surgeons do prefer the TPLO for larger dogs but I do think that a 44 pound pitbull would do fine with the lateral suture if it is done properly and if you do the post-op rehab …

…recently ruptured both of her ACLs this year and both were repaired with the lateral suture and now she runs around and jumps like normal.  The TPLO does have a more stringent rehab.


10 November 2018 7:06 am
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…the same as Frankie's "cruciate " injury,

You'll see that I went with the cruciate repair surgery...or whatever it's  called....but NOT the TPLO.  Frankie is a crazy--active -play-full--out--run-as--hard-as-he-can--do-it-my-way Hound Dawg!!!!   He's also 70 lbs, so his…

…size, as well as his personality sort of indicated the TPLO  might be better.

HOWEVER, I opted for the other surgery.  I spoke with my recently retired Vet who knew Frankie and had done numerous  of these…

…your PT, also said the lateral suture thing was less invasive....less costly......and, if it should fail, it's  an easier re-do than the TPLO.  He did say that 70 lbs was at the tip end of the weight for the lateral.

Knock6non wood over here....knocking hard and loudly on wood...

9 November 2018 10:51 pm
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…of money for braces that didn't work.  

Anyway, she had been doing better but re injured it recently.  I took her to the vet who wants to do a TPLO procedure.  I also took her to a PT and during the evaluation, the PT recommended against that procedure.  She said that she would recommend the

9 November 2018 4:53 pm
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…old girl Mastiff/ Rotti is Maizie.  Her story started when she was 4 years old and had a torn cruciate, the vets did the wire procedure and not a TPLO. It was not a success and when she was around 6 had to have the wires taken out as it was just making holes in her bones and could never really use

14 October 2018 10:03 pm
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…and companion Toby was diagnosed with osteosarcoma today, in his left front leg... he is a 7.5 yr old pit/lab mix that has already gone through 2 TPLO surgeries a few years back.

He just one day started limping out of the blue and had a huge bump in his right leg right above the paw.


…s because even though cranial cruciate tears are one of the most common injuries in Tripawd dogs, there is little research about how surgeries like TPLO and FHO affect them.

The objective of this study was to document cases of postamputation orthopedic surgery in canines and evaluate owner…


Perioperative outcome was acceptable in 15 of the 17 dogs. Two cases had major complications, including asseptic arthritis after TPLO surgery and uncontrolled long-term pain for several months afterward.
Despite the challenges some faced, all 12 survey respondents were satisfied

5 September 2018 3:33 am
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…disks) space. Her good back leg looked fine too, but her knee looked less then great (not as much blood flow as the vet would like to see/ she had TPLO on hen good knee)  I would just like to know if anyone has had set backs similar to this, and if so, what steps and remedies to get my sweet girl up

4 June 2018 9:41 pm
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…and I just happened to notice a very small bump on his leg. Since his diagnoses we've seen an oncologist and orthopedic surgeon (who did Chopp's TPLO last year). I did not think he'd be an amputation candidate because of a suspected tear in his non-TPLO leg. After his orthopedic exam, his…

…surgeon said he thought he was a candidate and if he does blow the other leg he can always do another TPLO

Chopp is a very big, broad-chested dog weighing 125 although we're trying to get some weight off. He's been started on oral chemo and is

2 May 2018 11:24 pm
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…How much more pain after an ampuation surgury can I expect my dog to be in compaired to a TPLO surgury. 

When pain management
is handled well, there shouldn't be any noticeable pain indicators. If there are, the pain management

…question, if anyone with expereance can answer?  

How much more pain after an ampuation surgury can I expect my dog to be in compaired to a TPLO surgury.  My initial thought would be that it might be more painful at the incision site after an amputation but was wondering what to expect.  How

…was healed though not very strong when I got her about 2.5 months post amp.

I have been through 2 knee surgeries with my quad pug boy Obie.  Not TPLO  but still quite invasive as his knee caps would not say in place and the surgeon had to re-form (cut new grooves) the bones to make things work

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