Day one after bilateral tightrope surgery.
We found a vet (Dr. Kelly) in Byron MN, near Rochester who has done about 90 Tightrope repairs. He also does TTA and TPLO. The name of his clinic is Meadow View.
Why Tightrope ACL Surgery?
We decided on Tightrope as it is much much less invasive and has about the same failure/complication rate as the other options, BUT if anything goes wrong it can be fixed (which is most times not the case with the other options).
We chose to do both legs at the same time for numerous reasons:
- He will only have to go through recovery and rehab once
- He will not have to put all of his rear weight on one rear leg that is painful and susceptible to further damage
- We are able to take time off of work to be home with him
What is the cost of tightrope surgery?
The surgery took about three and a half hours. Total for both legs including pre-surgery blood work, 3 meds, food to hide the pills in, wound cleaner, and joint supplement pills for 2 months was $3500. There will not be a charge for the post exam or removal of the staples.
Recovery after Tightrope surgery
When we picked Edgar up he was doped up. He was all but asleep while being carried out to the car and lost control of his bladder just before getting in. He slept the entire hour and a half home. We carried him in and laid him on puppy pads and cleaned the pee off his leg. He slept until we took him outside (took two of us, a sling and a harness with a handle) he did go pee. We laid him on his opposite leg and applied ice (peas) for about 5 mins.
The incisions are 6″ long, there is about 2-3″ of slight bruising around the wound that looks dark red. Swelling is not very noticeable. There is a reddish-clear fluid we are noticing on the puppy pads and this is normal. He was shivering quite a bit (normal as the surgery meds lower body temp); we covered him with a blanket to keep him warm. He also was sort of cough/huffing every so often and a grayish brown mucus was present. This is normal due to the tube that was in his airway. This stopped altogether by evening.
I suppose I should add that Edgar is a very large (125lbs) 2 year old American Bulldog. He is neutered. I think he first injured his right leg about 6 months ago, and the left a few months after that. Since conservative management worked so well with Emma (our 42 lb pitty) we tried it with him also, but due to his size – no dice.
I put his favorite toys near him and towards the end of the night he pawed at them. He also pawed at us which he does all the time (demands attention) so we viewed this as good.
The last time we took him out for the night he actually put some weight on his back legs and walked (in the sling) and did go pee.
My husband slept next to him on a sleeping bag as Edgar adores him and always wants to be by him. We also put an E collar on him just in case. He is so out of it I am justifying the spoiling today…