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Question for Dr. Pam about cruciate surgery
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1 June 2022 - 6:00 pm
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I hope I am posting in the right place! 
Hi Dr. Pam,

I have a beautiful tripawd named Juju who is missing her rear left leg. Her rear right leg now has a cruciate tear. We are planning to do surgery because I think maybe that will be better for her long term?

Juju is almost 6 years old and 26 pounds. 

Our vet says that a dog her size would normally get extracapsular repair, but we are wondering if she needs something more “stable” like TPLO or TTA.

So my questions are: 
Would surgery give her a better outcome over conservative non-surgical management?
How do we know which surgery to do? 

Thanks for your time!
Clara Yori


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2 June 2022 - 7:20 am
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You do have the option of a conservative “rest and rehab” plan for a smaller dog but there would be more arthritis in the remaining limb. I think that extracapsular repair is a reasonable option for repair in a dog this size. TTA and TPLO can be considered but do come with a higher chance of post-op complications (mainly infection) due to the metal implant.

Pam

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18 June 2022 - 4:43 pm
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Thanks, Pam. We found a surgeon who does both extracapsular repair and TTA. We decided on the TTA procedure and she had it done almost a week ago. It’s already pretty stressful, but we are trying to do all the right things so she has a good outcome. 

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