I have an Olde English Bulldogge named Wilson, he is 4 and very active, with re-active personality. I had the tight rope procedure done last year and nothing has changed for Wilson as far as chasing, running, and jumping.
Tight rope is much less invasive than TPLO, because with TPLO they actually take out some bone and recovery is much longer. Tight rope uses a fishing like leader (metal wire) along with some key points in the joint so it can be laced up again. Eventually, the leader will break a while after the cartilage has been reformed.
Remember – your dog will probably have arthritis due to a torn ACL, but it’s ok, there are plenty of things for that. I live in Minnesota, even when walking Wilson in cold temps his leg does not bother him much, as matter of fact, bullys are famous for not showing pain even if it hurts or (dogs in general). Wilson still has a tire hanging from a tree that he swings and falls from, his recovery or a recovery in general is not as bad as you may think if you have not had it done yet. If you do get tight rope done remember to give Glucosamine, Chondrointin pills daily for life. I have a friend that is a vet and the ones you buy at Walmart for human consumption are perfectly fine, even ask your vet.
I paid $683 dollars for tight rope procedure at a vet I highly recommend…he had done plenty of tight ropes, and my total bill was in the $1100 range. There are advantages and disadvantages to any procedure. Mine was extremely wonderful; to see Wilson happy and back at ’em. I would be grateful to help or give opinions to anyone who needs some assistance with my resources.