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… 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
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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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… 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.

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