Red wrote:lilangel wrote:Those of you who have successful TPLO stories, please tell them here. A successful TPLO story would entail only one leg blowing and a dog returning to a pain free highly active lifestyle, not a dog who is more or less still in constant pain or otherwise crippled. I know of no dogs, personally, who have made a full recovery after TPLO with no subsequent bilateral CCL compromise.
I'll never be done probably, but you know what I mean.I can take some videos of her moving or dragging light weights if you'd like, so you can see her range of motion, but you are probably looking for example of dogs doing sports only.
Just for fun, here is Ice being given a "new knee":
Oh, I would would love to see video of Ice. I really only made the TPLO-sports reference because that is what I have heard the most: that a TPLO can return a sporting dog back to competition very quickly. I just have not seen this happen so I question the marketing boasts of such an expensive and invasive procedure. If it is only going to allow a dog to sort of run around or play as much as any other procedure or a brace that costs about 1/10 the amount of the TPLO then I think people should know that and not expect more than is realistic. Know what I mean? I guess it just seems that people talk of a TPLO like it is just a simple surgery that will make the knee pain free and "all better" by eliminating the need of a CCL altogether when it really depends on the surgeon, the dog and the rehab and the actual extent of the injury. For example, if the meniscus is intact as most are when caught early enough then is total knee reconstruction a worthwhile procedure or is a suturing procedure which costs $300-$400 going to give you the same results? While atrophy of the leg musculature is always an issue with extended recovery times of a suturing procedure, there are therapies and various apparatus to mitigate this side-effect. The APBTs I have seen with extreme CCL injury do not seem to be in any extraordinary pain. They do not guard the leg on palpation or exhibit any outward indications of pain, even when drawer movement is manipulated. Is that due to their stoic nature? Not that I have seen. Stoic or not, one can see signs of pain in these dogs. They do not use the leg because it is unstable, not painful perse. It seems that the knee is much more painful after surgeries for the rest of the dog's life.