Benny, our three-year-old Staffordshire mix, had damaged both left and right CCLs. After much shopping, research, and talking to vets, we decided on tightrope repair. We had the RH hind leg done first. Post surgery went well until we got off of the antibiotics, when a horrible infection set in. All of the equipment had to be removed. We are now out approximately $2,700, and are worse off than if we had done nothing. The vet who did the surgery initially said he would redo it at little/no charge when Benny recovered, a comforting talk, as we were face to face. Later, over the phone, he reneged on that offer, stating that Benny was not a candidate for any further surgery.
Here is the take home message I wish to convey: when considering any surgery, TPLO, tightrope, whatever, discuss who is responsible if infection sets in, or any other failure occurs. Benny did not have an infection when he walked into that vet clinic, but did as he left. I am out thousands of dollars, Benny can’t walk well, the vet made his money, even charging us to remove the tightrope equipment. Infections occur in about 5% of these surgeries, so have a very good understanding with the vet who is to do your dog’s surgery about these matters.