TPLO Recovery – Taylor, July 2010
Well I am happy to report that Taylor is doing great and is now 5 weeks post surgery. It has been a long 5 weeks. At approximately 1 week after surgery Taylor was no longer limping and was ready to go! It has been difficult to keep her at rest. We have enrolled in a cranial cruciate study and has had 4 rehab sessions. These sessions include water treadmill, and appropriate therapeutic exercises to facilitate neuromuscular re-education and to improve flexibility, strength, balance and gait patterning.
Taylor remains quiet and activity is limited to controlled exercises and short leash walks. She can also walk stairs slowly one at a time while supervised on a leash. I will post more pictures soon including post op pics and of course some rehab pics. She now walks without a limp and other than her shaved leg and some mild muscle atrophy she is doing great……I know there is still a possibility of complications including infection and rejection of the implanted screws and plates but all looks great at this point in time.
4 thoughts on “TPLO Post Op Update – Taylor”
So great to hear that Taylor is doing well! I know how heartbreaking these things are.
Rehab exercises and underwater treadmill are a great way to get things working right and get Taylor back on his feet!
My little dog Angel is having trouble at 10 yrs old with the knee cap slipping off to the inside of the leg. She is limping and not hardly touching the toe. She has been having trouble for 3 wks. My vet and I have talked about surgery. I don’t know with her being older if I should go this way. May be too hard on her and yet it is hard to see her not walking right. She is not in a lot of pain just holding her leg up and not her normal walk. Otherwise her quality of life is pretty good. She does have ear problems also. What should we think of before we do surgery. Appreciate your opinion.
Also Angel is a crocker spaniel.
If she is uncer 40 pounds I would not do surgery. I wrote my experience with conservative management on here and advise you to read it and all you can about that option before you put her through a surgery.
Question though, by your description it sounds like a luxating patella not a torn CCL/ACL which is what the TPLO, TTA, Tightrope and Ex-cap surgey all fix. The surgery for luxating patella is not the same and you would need to read info about that.