my boy recovered from a CCL tear about 8 years ago. we opted for conservative management and about 6 months of therapy. Hydro. Cryo. IR light. Platelet rich plasma. Acupuncture. Massage. you name it.
i'm not against surgery. it can be necessary depending on how bad the tear is. this is the most common type of surgery to repair CCL (canine ACL) TPLO
but no matter what, if your dog is injured, they should be on crate rest for 10 days minimum before assessment. you should see a specialist for consultation. here is my dog's story; Gotti Boi
i've read in an article that medical management, yes is more conservative but more expensive and it can take really long time TPLO and most of the people i've asked abt this preferred surgery than medical treatment.
anyway, thanks for the info!
so that you are aware... the surgery is also followed by several months of physical therapy. you cannot avoid that.
the procedure does not actually repair the injury. it changes the geometry of the knee so the ligament is no longer used. the dog will have to adjust to the new mechanics. all orthopedic surgeries need remedial treatment. especially to combat inflammation and work through the scar tissue.
i'm not arguing against surgical intervention. i'm just pointing out there are more things to consider. every situation is unique. and different dogs may be prone to certain complications. is your dog prepared to be under anesthesia for that length of time? do you know the rate of various infection around the steel plates and pins? (even years later). possibility of cartilage damage that requires a secondary procedure?
every surgeon will tell you the answer is surgery. that is their job after all. if you do decide that surgery is right for your dog, i would start osteo support immediately so his system is pre-loaded for the recovery process.
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