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The Orthdo doc says Chester has a torn ACL...

TPLO surgery this Friday and then a loooooong recovery.  Anyone with experience with this?  

AmyandSophia's picture

Poor Chester! How rotten for you guys...

I had TPLO surgery on my Doberman girl. It LOOKED a lot worse than it was. I was horrified by the incision size, I didn't think I could handle it at home! But it wurned out to be ok, and Kora, while she was a big dog and heavy, did very well recovering from the surgery. I did have to towel carry her in and out for potty time, and she was content to hang out on the coung the rest of the time. I don't remember, but I think it took a couple weeks of babying her before she was up and around on her own again. 

I bet you will have a similar experience. Just remember that the incision is not small:-) You will need to know that going in or it might give you a start when you see it.

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Amy and Sophia

ArchimedesMommy's picture

Ohhh, so sorry for sweet Chester!!!! Meaty and Sophie and

I are sending up prayers!!!  I have read a lot about this surgery (I was afraid Meaty had that at one time)......Are you totally confident in your vet?  Is the vet extremely knowledegable about bullies and their unique anesthesia needs?  I'm sure you'll get some advice from peeps who've been through this.....(( hugs )).....Is he in a lot of pain? On pain meds?  poor wittle guy!!!!

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And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

This surgeon is an orthopedic specialist...

which from everything I've read is the way to go.  I've already given him the 3rd degree about anesthesia (proprofol and isofluane) so we're good on that.  He does a lot of these surgeries and knows what he's doing.  Our regular vet does them too, but I've heard too many stories about TPLO's going wrong.  He is on Tramadol right now, but is getting around.  After the surgery, he will be confined except for short outside to potty breaks for 8 weeks.  He's not going to be a happy boy for a while.  Another reason I chose this doctor is they have staff on site for overnight patients.

ArchimedesMommy's picture

oh, that all sounds REALLY great!!! Meaty and Sophie and

I are sending ((( HUGS )) and prayers!  I know the confinement is going to be difficult.....sweet baby!!! :-(  

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!