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Frankie, hock/torn ligqments.
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5 March 2020 - 7:56 am
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I 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?  Both of my dogs with ACL surgery had suture placed in the knee but no metal clip or crimp. Did they culture the knee to see what is growing in there?  It would be nice to be on the proper antibiotic prior to surgery. I would assume that the specialist knows what he is doing; maybe the original suture was placed wrong (too loose or too tight?).  It is an easy enough surgery to remove the suture since scar tissue should have already formed.

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Thanks Pam. I’m emailing  him with some follow up questions and will get back with those answers.  I’ve also put in a call to the Vet who did the surgrry.

Thank yoj again!!!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Not sure of this is clear enough to read or not.  If you could glance at just the evaluation  part and let ,e k owmof anything aounds scary.

It did say there was a lot of fluid and he hoped it wasn joint fluid.

And he wrote on another page

If explanation 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❤

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!


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11 March 2020 - 8:10 am
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It sounds like the suture failed since there was motion in the knee with arthritis.  Removing the crimp may help in case that was contributing to the fluid buildup. Hopefully he does well now!

Pam

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THANK YOU!!! Zfter a rough night, he was back to counter surfing this morning.  Naughty boy!

While waiting  for Frankie to come out of surgery, 

A gigantic, big head, lovely drooling English Mastiff came out and came right over to me .   Aa massive, massive Mastiff. Nno, didn’t look like you’re beautiful Tazzie, y, but I’m sure she sent him in at that exact time to let you know she’s still around

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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11 March 2020 - 8:36 am
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Glad to hear you (and Frankie) survived the night…..glad this is all behind you and hopefully he is on the road to recovery – without any further surgeries. You are probably tired af today, huh?

If you need ANYTHING, let me know.

Hugs to you all

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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What a great report Sally! Yay for Frankie counter surfing!!! I hope the bounce back keeps on keepin’ on.

Thanks for sharing your expertise Dr. Pam, you bring such peace of mind when we need it most.

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