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Old 01-22-2013, 08:23 AM
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Ruptured ACL, TPLO Surgery

Georgia injured herself Saturday. I had hoped for a pulled muscle, but when I didn't see any improvement by Monday, I took her to see her vet. he diagnosed a ruptured ACL and suggested TPLO surgery.
I have called the specialists office and am awaiting their call.
Anyone here with experience?
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:31 AM
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Yes, kooper had to have this done about 6 years ago,it was rather hard on him, must keep them quite.
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My Smooch had this done when she was 10 years old and I remember it HAD TO BE DONE by a specialist that specializes in TPLO surgery. Smooch recovered very nicely and it the day after the surgery she was trying to step on her tippy toe with the leg. As Goldensrbest said, "You have to keep them quiet." We kept her from jumping on the sofa, bed, BLOCKED the stairs, disconnected the door bell, etc. We left her in the powder room when we were gone, so she couldn't jump and romp. My Hubby made a half door for the powder room, so Smooch could see Snobear. We would have used a crate when we were at work, if we hadn't used the powder room.

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we live in a split level house..I suppose I will be carrying her for a while post surgery.
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How old is GEORGIA?
We live in a tri-level.
I slept downstairs on the couch in our family room and Smooch slept right next to couch. We blocked the stairs so she couldn't do them, because she definitely would have.
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You might want to try and keep her on the first floor, and try sleeping down there with her, if you can,and have easy access to outside,for her bathroom needs.
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My Golden had TPLO done October 2011. For 8 weeks, it was strict leash walking, no jumping. I put up baby gates everywhere to prevent him from jumping on furniture. When not at home, he was in a small room without any furniture to jump up on and of course, he had his orthopedic dog bed. I have a ranch style home, so no steps in the house but I have five steps to go outside. I used a large towel under the belly to help Toby up and down the stairs.
The hardest part is for them to go poop for the first few days, because often, the anesthesia slows everything in the system down. So, don't panic if she won't poop for the first day or two. Some people feed pumpkin to help with pooping.

After week one, my Toby felt so much better, he got away from my husband and jumped on the couch. I just about had a coronary, lol. But, Toby was fine. So, things happen, be on the look out for it.

Important to keep her from licking the incision site. Also icing the incision site several times a day, doing rehab exercises, all very important.
Also good pain management will go a long way in helping with the recovery. Make sure your surgeon sends home more than a 2 week supply of pain meds, she will need it.

There is a facebook community from Todog health and rehabilitation. A vet will answer questions online and you can exchange experiences there as well as here on the forum. Topdog health also has rehabilitation broschures you can download for free.

Good luck, make sure to ask the orthopedic surgeon anything and everthing on your mind and keep us posted.
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Kelly had this done at the age of ten. Chased a homeless cat I was feeding. It was tough in the beginning. Locked in the family room because it was the only room with carpet. We put a towel around her middle to hold her up when she needed to go out. She was in great shape when the surgery was done but unfortunetly was never able to go for walks more than a few hundred feet afterward. She lived to the age of 12 and did fine all in all. Research Research and be sure to go to an Orthopedist that does this surgery often!!!!!
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Georgia just turned 4. I talked to the Specialist office. $3800 includes everything. Pre-Op, surgery, hospitalization for a week and rehab care.
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Why hospitalization for a week? My Golden came home in the afternoon the next day.
I have not seen anybody here on the forum post, that their dog had to stay in hospital for more than the one overnight stay, maybe two at most.
Did the surgeon give you a reason for that? Are they charging for a week stay and they do the first week rehab exercises?
Sorry, but I think your girl is going to be miserable being away that long when actually, you can do the rehab at home just fine. In my experience, dogs heal better and faster at home, if you follow all the rehab instructions.
Of course the hospital stay is adding up to the total. I paid 2500 dollars up here in Tennessee and was in close contact with the surgeon whenever I had a concern or question.
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