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Complications Post TPLO surgery on remaining limb.
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27 March 2019 - 1:08 pm
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Hello- 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!  

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27 March 2019 - 2:32 pm
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That Bodi is one good lookin pup. So sorry about the injury. Just curious but what was the reason for his amputation?

More questions that may be able to help you make a good assessment to figure out what to do next:

What kind of rehabilitation therapy has he had since January?

What does his normal day look like as far as activity level?

Does his vet know what’s going on?

And is he on any pain medications right now?

Sorry I have more questions than answers right now but I’ll await your response to throw some ideas out there. 

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Hi Jerry

We rescued him at 5 months just after his amputation and the shelter was not aware of the cause of the accident.  As far as rehab we kept him confined for 2 wks with as little movement as possible.  Then short walks progressing up to a half mile at the 10 wk mark.  We didn’t do the water therapy because there are not facilities near us.  The vet that preformed the surgery was a 2 hr drive.  The Vet does know what is going on and has told me to use anti-inflammatories and wait 2 days and see how it goes.  She is hoping it is just a sprain.  He is on pain meds and seems to be content right now.  I’m just in the waiting phase and researching for any info I can get is the only thing I can do that makes me feel like I can help him.  I hate seeing him try to walk on his front 2 legs.  

Thanks so much for response.  

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He’s so lucky to find his way to you. 

Ok so here’s what we have learned about remaining limb surgeries on Tripawds. Rehab is crucial for a good recovery. Not just water therapy, not the confinement phase alone, but passive range of motion exercises, gentle massage, and when available, acupuncture and cold laser. A combination of different modalities makes the biggest difference. In this video, Dr. Brian Beale explains:

As an example please check out Sally’s posts about Frankie’s first and second leg surgeries:


Many people don’t think they have a certified therapist near them but I can usually locate one that’s much closer than they believe. Please feel free to message me your zip code or city and I’ll look OK? And if we cannot I know of some who will do long distance consulting.

It’s so important to get your pup into rehab after a surgery like this. And if he has never been the Tripawds Foundation may even pay for your first rehab visit .

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Sorry your sweet Bodi is having “issues”.  He’s  a mighty lucky boy to have you as his 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 times during  the first 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 scary time watching  him try and maneuver  basically on two legs.

One thing that comes to mind.  Did you have any follow up with the Surgeon,  espec st rhe eifht week mark where they like to do an xray yo make sure everyo is holding.  If I recall,  even if the surgery fails, it can still be “fixed”.   Dis the “limp” happen all at once, as though he suddenly  tweaked it?

Sorry this is short……stupid connection  problems.   But just wanted to see if he had, indeed, had a follow up xray.


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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