Our Dogue de Bordeaux (very large at 145 lbs) had his 1st TPLO in June 2011 for a partially torn CCL and his 2nd TPLO a couple of weeks ago (other knee) with a again a partially torn CCL and Meniscus. He is now 16 days post op and doing well. His 2 week check up show’s he’s right where he needs to be, lateral movement is as it should be, we’ve started passive range of motion therapy for him and will continue to support him with his sling for at least 4-6 more weeks (snow and ice on flagstones), so we don’t risk him slipping and injuring the new surgical leg. He does have controlled walking on the “lawn” where he has solid footing. I think we’re the only place that shovels their yard…LOL
We had Fabulous results with his first leg, No residual limping at all even after agressive play/exercise. Kudos to our surgeon, Dr. G. Bouck and his staff!
After care, they tell me can either make or break the success of the surgery. Take nothing for granted, do your best and be diligent.
Best of luck to all in a hopefully uneventful recovery.
A few tips from one owner to another:
- Inexpensive, non slip flooring – Wal-Mart Puzzle pieces kids playroom floor
- X-Large dogs – an X-Pen is ideal more room for you to sit with them while icing and heat
- Lots of tummy rubs, massages, hugs and kisses….. (that’s the easy part)