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…pain of recovery is far less than the pain of disintegrating bone. You can also choose palliative care, with radiation therapy or even cementoplasty limb sparing. But these are temporary measures. Amputation is more of a longer-term pain relief solution in this type of cancer scenario.

 I need advice

27 September 2022 3:22 pm
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…that Emma will too!

That was so smart of you to seek multiple opinions for chemotherapy. You might want to ask them about BioceraVet. It's a limb sparing treatment that was recently approved in Europe, Emma might be a good candidate for it.

Use care with her activity right now. You don't want that

12 August 2022 12:03 pm
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Views: 468

…and radiation.  Dogs who were unable to jave amputation  found this helpful and a way to alleviate  the pain.  

Alao there is something  called a limb sparing  technique  that does require surgery and recovery  time.  No expert on it, but it does seem to have all sorts of issues' like infection, failed

5 January 2022 2:59 pm
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…came across our desk. Ortho vets in Europe are using a bone cement product typically used in orthopedic surgeries ("cimentoplasty"), as a sort of limb sparing procedure for palliative care in dogs with osteosarcoma. As I understand it, the product gets injected into the tumor area to add stability and pain

13 December 2021 11:58 am
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Views: 171

…high because as that old saying goes, better to under promise and over deliver. Hope that translates!

It sounds like you are still thinking about limb sparing. It is an amazing surgery when it works. And when it doesn't, it's full of complications, lots of vet visits, bandage changes, and costs--lots of…

…them. Unless you are working with a vet who does limb sparing all the time, it's even more prone to these problems. So I know it sounds appealing, and we never want a dog to lose a leg, but at this point, your

…is one I was trying to think of. A limb sparing procedure 

stereotactic radiosurgery  

…and had surgery. What kind of surgery did he have? About the only surgeries I know of where the limb was left after an osteosarcoma diagnosis, are limb sparing and radiation therapy / cyberknife.

The vet told me that having another surgery wouldn’t really do any good because of where it is – on the ankle

…hind legs.  We took care of him and he got so strong!  Because of the TPLO on the right, we couldn’t do an immediate amputation so we did the limb sparing efforts with palliative radiation and chemo.  Kip was a champ and did wonderful (even gained weight).   

Now here we are 10 months later.  His

27 September 2020 12:12 pm
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…also told several vet schools, including U of FL, U of GA, and U of MI, do these kind of procedures plus have many other similar procedures (like limb sparing and stereotactic radiation) that may also be good choices to consider, but they are booked out for a few weeks right now. Not sure how far you are

…all, new here.  I was recommended this forum from a Great Dane FB page and I am glad I found it.

Hank entered a limb sparing trial at Ohio State after his diagnosis of Osteo in feb. He was doing very well but alas the tumor began to grow again ever after 3 rounds of

…you had her evaluated by a surgeon?  Their input might help you make a decision. Talking with an oncologist would be helpful too.  There are some limb sparing options out there, not everyone offers them, but in general there are more options than amputation or pain management
. To be honest the alternative

19 January 2020 1:25 pm
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Views: 2583

…out to UW. GO BADGERS! They have the best care and most current protocols, you will get a definitive answer there. Also be sure to mention the limb sparing by Dr. Boston to them if you get a chance. Because they're a research and teaching hospital they may be interested in a surgery like this and

10 January 2020 11:28 am
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Views: 974

…and require support via a harness like the one Admin mentioned.

If amputation is ruled out, did anyone talk to you about the possibility of a limb sparing procedure?  If so, and this is a long-shot but if you're anywhere near Toronto you may want to consult with Dr. Sarah Boston. She performed this…

…procedure when a giant breed dog needed an amputation, and the dog got lots of quality time afterward. Here's our interview with her?

New Limb Sparing Surgery for Dogs Makes It More Accessible, Potentially Less Risky
Finally, radiation therapy is also something to discuss with an oncology surgeon.…

… Hazel did great with it.

Unfortunately, both limb sparing and radiation therapy are far more expensive than amputation. If you have pet insurance that would cover either treatment, it's something to

8 January 2020 4:13 pm
Posts: 17
Views: 974

…12, he's in his early 20's now and is working to become a doctor like both his parents and his grandpas. Basically, though he was a candidate for limb sparing surgery, his treatment was essentially the same as Samson's, gotta get rid of the cancer bits!  I'm also thankful that Samson's leg didn't break as

… there is hope. 3-paws up to Dr. Seguin & the pawesome team at Colorado State University's Flint Animal Cancer Center are developing a new limb sparing technique!

Using 3-D Printing Technology to Personalize Limb-Spare Implants

One of the most common cancers in dogs is osteosarcoma (bone

…unlikely that it is Osteomyelitis still.

Presented with all the facts and based on my research i didn't hesitate in opting for amputation. While limb sparing and bone removal analysis options are there, my primary concern is Ronnie having the healthiest longest happy pain free life possible and we both

27 April 2019 4:11 am
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Views: 7107

…microscopic things as more comfort is generated with this technology and more evidence supports its effectiveness. The possibility of doing a limb sparing surgery where you just remove the segment of bone that was affected could become more and more realistically practical. And so the dog could

…to speak with the oncologist and surgeon at my original surgery appointment today. The oncologist said that he did not give me the option for any limb sparing procedures such as cyberknife, or linear accelerator radiation because, even though the bone was not yet broken, the damage was too extensive and the

16 October 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 14
Views: 832

…Kuro and family 🐾🌻

Concerning the point for limb sparing surgery Tom referred above perhaps you should consider getting in touch with Clare, Meg’s Mom as she had several procedures done to her dog to avoid

…csu cancer center website, I am attempting to see 1 of the 3 board certified oncologists in GA before her surgery for a 2nd opinion and thoughts on limb sparing procedures. If I were closer to Colorado or if I could find out if she is a good candidate, I would take her there to be evaluated and treated.

14 October 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 14
Views: 832

…Beija and Dad 🐾

If you are considering limb sparing procedures I think it would be very useful for you to have a chat/PM Clare (megstamom) as she followed that route with her dog Meg and is probably

14 October 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 14
Views: 832

…prosthetics
and have abandoned that avenue. She is scheduled for amputation Tuesday and in the meantime i've come across extremely promising limb sparing procedures in CSU cancer research Center. Unfortunately I'm not near Colorado to get a consultation. Via the csu cancer center website, I am…

…attempting to see 1 of the 3 board certified oncologists in GA before her surgery for a 2nd opinion and thoughts on limb sparing procedures. If I were closer to Colorado or if I could find out if she is a good candidate, I would take her there to be evaluated and treated. But

13 October 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 14
Views: 832

…big guy and obviously can handle him. We live near Sarasota, Florida. 

I'm not sure if we have a vet teaching hospital around here or if that new limb sparing surgery would be an option for us. I guess those are questions for the surgeon on Friday. Though, I feel like we're running out of time since his

3 July 2018 7:25 am
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Views: 4708

…better than anyone else. 

I'm also surprised that nobody has even mentioned stereotactic radiation surgery for palliative care, or perhaps even a limb sparing surgery. Have they? If not, then I would absolutely recommend a veterinary teaching hospital who can give you their take on whether or not that is…

…a good idea for him. Atlas may even be a candidate for this new kind of limb sparing surgery for dogs.

I hope this helps. Please do stay in touch and let us know how we can help you through this ruff time. We are here for you and

2 July 2018 11:36 am
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Views: 4708

…an excellent researcher! I looked it up and apparently it was documented as part of a 2004 study:

Intraoperative extracorporeal irradiation for limb sparing in 13 dogs.
One of the scientists involved was Dr. Withrow, a pioneer in limb salvage techniques, most of which occurred after this study.

Since

14 June 2018 7:41 pm
Posts: 9
Views: 774

…now back in Toronto. She's been our special guest on Tripawd Talk Radio
a few times, here's here latest interview in case you're interested:

New Limb Sparing Surgery for Dogs Makes It More Accessible, Potentially Less Risky
Thanks for sharing so many great details. May Bree have a long, long hoppy life

18 April 2018 10:13 pm
Topic: Bree Update
Posts: 10
Views: 1030

…now back in Toronto. She's been our special guest on Tripawd Talk Radio
a few times, here's here latest interview in case you're interested:

New Limb Sparing Surgery for Dogs Makes It More Accessible, Potentially Less Risky
Thanks for sharing so many great details. May Bree have a long, long hoppy life

18 April 2018 10:49 am
Topic: Bree Update
Posts: 10
Views: 1030

…) her good leg, so its great that she's tried therapy.  I need to try that with Casey, but what I'm really wondering is whether, in your situation, limb sparing surgery is perhaps a better option.  Again, we needed to remove a cancer and were on a very tight budget.  Limb sparing surgery and prosthetics

…and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

We have had some members who have either tried limb sparing surgery first, or radiation and then gone to amputation.  Here are search results on Limb Sparing.  Here are forum search results for radiation +

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