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…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

…of when to say when and stop the repairs is different for everyone, and you've clearly reached yours. 

Yes, from what we've read here is that TPLO is a way harder recovery than amputation! So after all that you've been through, amputation recovery should be relatively easy. And the fact that

…if he has phantom limb pain, or just tenderness in general.  I’ve seen a lot of people say that an amp surgery seems to be an easier recovery than a tplo, but I don’t know if they mean in recovery or overall. 

It sounds like you have been though quite a lot as well.  I’m glad to hear Elly is doing

…down quite a road!  I'm sorry so much of his young life has been surgeries and recoveries. 

I did a forum search and got these results for failed TPLO. There might be something useful for you there.

The only thing left to do in my mind is maybe get another opinion from a certified ortho vet.

…was a puppy his legs were perfect, but as time went on and he grew up, he developed a severe Tina plateau angle. We were successful in performing a TPLO & TTA closing wedge osteotomy a year and eight months ago on his left real limb. Everything went as planed and while nerveracking, went well.…

…best decision I can for him. I personally don’t think another surgery will work, and my local vet doesn’t believe so at this point either.  Three TPLO’s are enough. All kody seems to know these days are surgery(s) and crate rest. Its not fair to him. At least one of the surgeries worked. Even…

… I have no idea what I’m in for, or how well kody will adapt to three legs, since his other one isn’t technically tip top. I know even after the TPLO surgeries he has a difficult time using the bathroom (and even got an anal gland infection because lack of squatting at the time) 

Anyway, thanks

…there was a tear, though the extent was unclear. The injury happened on December 6, and we went to various vets and specialists and scheduled TPLO surgery for early January, since we were leaving town for the holidays. We ended up postponing it a few times and eventually canceling it. 


17 January 2018 8:20 am
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…with a slight limp on her front leg.  


She was just recovering so nicely from a recent meniscus repair and having her plates removed from a TPLO 3 years ago.  I just thought she had a little sprain from being allowed to have more exercise, but because of her orthopedic issues
I took her in

1 January 2018 9:03 pm
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…realize he didn't have a fentanyl patch.

In my humble, non vet, opinion tramadol is not enough after a knee surgery.  While not as invasive as a TPLO surgery they still have to drill holes in the bones- and as we know here bone pain can be really bad!

Obie's pain was well controlled for the

14 December 2017 7:38 pm
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…this.  I know how scary it is.  Remember my 80 lb Daisy blew her knew and had to have it repaired.

Like you there was no way I could afford TPLO.  Here in my part of the world the procedure runs about $3,000 with no guarantees and can only be done by board certified surgeons.

My vet has

11 December 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 141
Views: 9546

…post-op pain.  Today was her last day of Rimadyl. She is also on Dasuquin and now gets Adequan injections.

Before determining if a dog needs  a TPLO our surgeon checks the angle of the stifle joint.  If a dog is really huge or has a very straight leg then a TPLO is better.  However my first dog…

…Tazzie was 190 pounds pre-amp and had both her knees repaired by ECR and she did fine even as a tripawd.

If a TPLO goes wrong there can be serious side effects to the dog including broken metal implants, infection in the bone or at the screw site or even OSA at…

…implant.  If an ECR goes wrong you may just have a loose knee.

Some surgeons have very strong opinions on this matter and many would say that a TPLO is always best.  I do not agree with this for all dogs and money is certainly a concern because a TPLO is twice the cost of a lateral suture (ECR)…


If your regular vet who knows your dog feels that a TPLO is better for Frankie then I would take that into account.


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