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Chris M 05-17-2012 02:06 PM

ACL surgery for my dog
My buddy (and my daughter's best friend) store her ACL Tuesday night (degenerative condition). So, I have to go see a surgeon on Monday to get the options and prices for her. She's a six year old lab/pitt mix. If she were older and not very active, I'd probably just bypass the days and keep her comfy. But poor dog is in a lot of pain and it kills me to see her this way. I'm a softy where my dog is concerned.

I know there are several types of surgeries and most of them are very successful. If you guys have had this issue, what was your experience, type of surgery, and cost? I'm considering the ESLT procedure as it's the lowest cost and my vet said it should be pretty good for my dog. I used to take her jogging with me, but in the past year or so, she's been primarily a fetch the ball dog and I haven't taken her on runs with me.

craymond 05-18-2012 07:17 AM

Sorry to hear about your dog.

My dog tore his ACL last winter… We had a choice between TPLO & Lateral Suture (ESLT).

According to our vet TPLO gives the better long term range of motion but is more invasive and expensive. We went with Lateral Suture because our dog is older, has arthritis and would not benefit much more w/TPLO. Just needed to fix and get him mobile again. I think costs for LS ran ~$2000 and TPLO ~ $3800.

Be ready for a very difficult 1st two weeks when you get her home… I was not prepared for how much pain they come home in. Took quite a long time to recover too but he's great now.

Good luck

Logirl 05-18-2012 08:01 AM

We took my 3 year old mastiff to a vet in way upstate ny..countryside veterinary in lowville ny..he does a new procedure where he uses a ligaments from the dogs own leg thats not used much to repair the risk of infection or rejection cuz its the dogs own tissue..she recovered pretty quickly and can run as much as the day is long..the operation cost about $2000 but completely worth it cuz she's so young..I don't know where you are located but we drove about 5 hours to get up there and stayed in a b& b while waiting the 2 days..I've heard others driving from as far as s if you want or need more me and ill be glad to talk to you...I would highly recommend this...

Rodger L 05-22-2012 07:43 PM

Sorry to hear about your buddy. We have a Great Dane/lab mix who had both back ACLs go within a few months of each other. (one tore and the other was close). She was about 2 at the time and so we had the TPLO procedure done on both of her back legs. She had about 3 months of PT ( including a water tank treadmill, which she loved!). She is almost 10 now and has never had another problem. Good luck with whatever method you choose!

Lab Lover 05-22-2012 08:09 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about the injury, it's amazing how common it is. My Yellow Lab, Lily had the lateral suture done March of 2010.

My vet is a good friend and recommended this due to Lily being 7 at the time. At the time there was a new wire product out that was supposed to be amazing for this surgery, well it failed after 10 weeks of recovery. It was the material and not the surgery itself that didn't work. The joint was so loose and she was not healing and weight bearing at all. The vet did a second surgery at no cost. He was furious and ended up getting the company that manufactured the wire to partially reimburse him for the second surgery and refunded me a portion of it.

The second surgery was successful, but she already had some arthritis and since she was down with such a long recovery she has a lot of muscle atrophy. She is now 9 and gets around pretty good, when she first wakes up it takes her awhile to get going. The recovery is the important part, I hired a physical therapist that met with us once a week and gave me exercises to help her recovery. We did them religiously and they made a big difference.

After her surgery if you would like some of the exercises just PM me. I have the instructions the therapist gave us and will gladly forward copies to you. I wish you and your girl the best, my dogs are my fur babies and it just kills me when something is wrong.


Logirl 05-22-2012 09:12 PM

Oops a mistake..our acl surgery only cost $1200..not $2000...

Chris M 05-23-2012 10:55 AM

I know I sound like a little baby, but my girl is at the doctor right now and I'm a bit anxious to hear how things are going. I'm going to try and make a call during my lunch break today.

Lab Lover 05-23-2012 08:38 PM


Originally Posted by Chris M (Post 2396847)
I know I sound like a little baby, but my girl is at the doctor right now and I'm a bit anxious to hear how things are going. I'm going to try and make a call during my lunch break today.

Please keep us updated on her condition. Your not a baby, just a good pet owner that loves your dog. I admire that, too many people mistreat animals when they will do anything just to be loved.

Chris M 05-24-2012 09:25 AM

If anyone is dog came out of surgery fine yesterday and everything is great with her. She's pretty beat up now though. She came home and wandered around the house for a little bit, but that was hard with her leg all wrapped up. She spent part of the night at the foot of the bed with us, and then decided to go outside and spend a while.

She's in her kennel now where she will stay during the day for the next week until I'm out of school for the summer.

Bonus points for anyone who can tell me what vehicle my daughter and I picked her up in?

Logirl 05-24-2012 12:41 PM

Yay! Good to hear! Your baby will be up and running in no time.. Just make sure it's not premature..really..don't let her jog, run or anything for a few months..good luck!

Lab Lover 05-24-2012 01:21 PM

Just be patient and keep her as inactive as possible. It's good to know she came through surgery with flying colors. Best of luck

HK_Runner 05-27-2012 03:30 PM

Do the rehab and I assume they went through it. Otherwise the joint will soon be stiff and arthritic. My Boxer had the TPLO done and it was a brutal recovery. Poor things went through it all and it held for 7-8 years till I lost her to cancer earlier this year. Poor dog went through so much. :(

Do the rehab- stretching and swimming..check online and with the vet. All the best!

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