I have have a 2 1/2 year old Cane Corso Mastiff and about 4 weeks ago she tore her left ACL and I was devastated. She is so young and I knew recovery post surgery was gonna be hard because she is still a puppy!
I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but I know she has very bad hips and the right hip is the worse so my vet thinks that she was over compensating on the left leg because of her bad right hip. She is doing well, but I have major concerns about re-injury and also injury to the other leg.
The Swivel Lock is a fairly new procedure, but it is available where I live in Florida. The Swivel Lock system is a extracapsular repair that is very similar to the tight rope procedure. We chose to use this system seeing as she was such and big dog, and with this system, all parts if the implant are buried so it does not disturb the muscle as much as some of the other systems.
Right after surgery she was toe touching with the leg and within one week she was using the leg but only putting about 25% of her weight on it. We have been doing a lot of physical therapy with her since surgery.
Week two we started going on short walks and using physical therapy tools to help her use the affected leg. We are now on week four and she is already weight bearing about 80% on the affected leg. We are doing water physical therapy with a under water treadmill weekly. She does have some muscle atrophy that we are working on rebuilding. I had major concerns about the high probability or her tearing the other ACL so we are working hard on getting her repaired knee back to 100% working order and I must say she is doing great!!! I must say with a dog her age the hardest part of after care is keeping her quiet and making sur ethat she does not re-injure her leg.
Josie is now about four weeks post surgery and is doing great!!! I feel that the extracapsular repair was a great choice for Josie and I. I love that it is a less invasive surgery and with the correct post operative care, correct joint support supplements to help prevent arthritis and physical therapy it can have excellent results. Our recovery has gone very smooth.
I was looking into getting her the A-trac brace but wanted to do a little more research. I don’t mind spending the money if it will help and hopefully prevent the other ligament from tearing as well because I know the statistics of injury to the opposite leg. I would lover to know how people felt about it and if any one has any suggestion before I order. I just would love her to have that extra support to help her recover and learn how to use that injured leg properly again. I would love to hear the pros and cons. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
13 Weeks Post Op
We are about 13 weeks post op and are doing AWESOME. Josie is 100% back to normal.
I could not be more happy with her surgery and recovery! TTA was a great choice for her! I am super happy. She is doing so well that we are adding another addition to our family in the end of Feb. I am very happy! It was a long haul but we finally made it! Yay!