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TPLO Complications – Lexi

TPLO complicationsLexi is a two-year-old Lab cross who injured her left knee playing with another dog on April 28, 2017. She was running and made a a quick turn and gave a loud cry and came up lame. I took her to the local vet the next day where they confirmed that she had torn her CCL and they recommended that she have TPLO surgery. She had her surgery on May 17th and her recovery seemed to be going very well until June 30th when she started limping again. I took her back for x-rays on July 3rd and they revealed that she had suffered a tibial crest fracture which meant she would be confined to her kennel for another four weeks.

On August 3rd she started limping again and seemed to be favoring her right leg. A visit to the vet confirmed our worst fears. She had torn the CCL ligament in her right leg. X-rays revealed that the tibial crest fracture in her left leg was still not healed so surgery on her right leg was not recommended at this time.

It is now September and Lexi is still confined to her kennel and only goes outside to go to the bathroom. She goes back to the vet next week for more x-rays and we have to decide what to do next. If she was ten years old the decision would be much easier but she is only two years old. We are wondering if anyone out there has experienced anything like this and has some advice for us.

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3 Responses to TPLO Complications – Lexi

  1. October 18, 2017 at 7:13 am #

    Hugs to Lexi. What state are you in?
    Are you seeing a vet or an orthopedic surgeon?

  2. November 16, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    Ahhh. YIKES!
    Well, the tibial crest fracture happens when there is too much of the wrong activity begore healing is complete, OR after healing and ruff housing occurs and another dog lands on that leg.
    So, the good news is she will heal from both.
    I would def have the TPLO done in the other leg, buy some baby gates and wait it out for four months.
    Are you having an orthopedic surgeon do the surgery or your reg vet?
    Also expect some muscle wasting.. but your dog can and will rebuild it .
    Keep passive exercise happening
    Are you giving supplements?
    Hugs to all of you

  3. November 17, 2017 at 4:55 am #

    Hi – So sorry you are going through this. My 4 year old golden fractured her tibial crest immediately after surgery in September while still at the hospital. She also tore out the plate and screws from her TPLO surgery and had to have the whole thing repeated. The surgeon advised that she might have to have an amputation if healing did not occur. We are now at just about 8 weeks post surgery. I have spent all my time with her, have slept with her in the basement for two months since she can’t climb stairs, and have slowly increased her activity as the weeks go on. We are now up to 15 minute walks 3x daily and will go for x-rays at the beginning of the week. My dog seems to think that she is good to go so it is very hard to keep her quiet at this point. We are waiting for the other shoe to drop when she injures her good leg. I feel badly for you for what you are going through but just want you to know that your dog will recover. It’s not fun for sure!

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