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Ted had his surgery on Friday. It was much less invasive than the first time and he was able to come home Saturday afternoon. He’s tired and medicated but seems comfortable and so far hasn’t shown interest in his incision.
Regular readers/followers might remember that Teddy had knee surgery last September. He’s always had a wonky, sort of wobbly walk but it’s been worse off & on the past few weeks so we went to the vet today. We knew the chances of recurrence were rather high after an ACL repair but didn’t expect it this soon, surgery on his right leg scheduled for Friday afternoon 😦
Teddy’s vet uses therapeutic laser treatments as part of the recovery process. He will have a total of 13; three were done while he was in the hospital, this morning he had his sixth.
So Teddy is doing well. After Tuesday he will only be on one prescription. He’s been regularly putting some weight on the bad leg, had five of his 13 laser treatments, and his two week checkup is later this week. Most days he’ll just lay around and nap but once in a while I know he’s feeling better when he decides he wants to jump onto the bed or couch. I’ve been lucky that there was only one instance where that ended up causing him pain and crate time for the day. Doodle still considers herself on nurse duty but has finally relaxed enough that she can actually nap with him when he’s out of the crate.
A bit of Teddy attitude after getting warned about licking his incision:
Morning sniffs in the front yard…he really enjoys just watching everything going on in the neighborhood:
Lunch! He eats in a different crate so he doesn’t mess up his orthopedic bed:
Afternoon potty break in the back yard:
Teddy never had a big interest in toys but I made sure to have a supply on hand so he wouldn’t get bored with crate time:
Hanging out next to my desk in the evening:
Teddy came home Thursday evening! He was tired, confused, and heavily medicated but doing fine. I’m slowly getting into a routine for him of crate time, potty breaks, and all his meds. He hasn’t bothered his incision so we haven’t had to use the cone of shame. He can be stubborn about pills though so that’s been a bit challenging. Just happy-and relieved-that he’s home 🙂
I’m only going to post this once and then back to regular blogging…
I posted last week about Teddy’s walking issues, by late Thursday evening he was putting no weight on his left hind leg and was obviously in pain. He saw the vet Friday afternoon who basically said Ted had ‘blown out’ his knee and surgery was scheduled for today.
We dropped him off this morning, surgeries are done early in the afternoon and he was going to be the second. I didn’t realize the vet made his call at the end of the day so after a lot of stress and worrying I finally got the call just after 6pm. Did my best to take notes so the following is what I deciphered from those:
- Surgery went well (I forgot to ask how long it was)
- He had a lot of arthritis, most likely in his other joints as well which explains the all around wobbly walk. Has probably been in pain for a long time, the ACL tear just pushed the situation over the edge. So not necessarily concerned about ACL in the other knee (high recurrence rate with this in dogs) but potential arthritis problems in other joints (knee, elbows, hips)
- The arthritis and proliferation of cartilage (?) were pushing the kneecap out of place. Arthritis removed, cut the groove deeper in the kneecap to hopefully help keep it more secure.
- Removed more junk (?)
- Meniscus was fine
- ACL repaired using artificial lateral suture stabilization
- Teddy very happy (read: sleeping) on morphine, they did a laser treatment and he didn’t even wake up. Two more treatments before he goes home then 10 in the following weeks.
- Will have breakfast in the AM
- Two nights in the hospital and if there are no problems he can come home Thursday after 10am, which means we’ll pick him up early evening
- Other than the laser treatments the important thing now is to keep him quiet and weight off that leg so it can heal properly
This is my first time dealing with a canine surgery/procedure other than neutering so please forgive my veterinary ignorance 😉