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Anyone NOT done TPLO?

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Our 4 year old male has torn the ccl in both hind knees.  We have met with the surgeon and he recommends that we have TPLO done on both knees.  It seems that for a 4 year old dog that it is pretty much the only good option.  
The bottom line for us, though, is that we cannot afford it.  We will have to take out a second mortgage on our house to even afford one knee ($3,200), my current job is ending in June and we are going to be just barely scraping by even without the extra payments.  
Has anyone chosen to not do the surgery?  The surgeon said that he will not have any use of his hind legs within 2 years if we don't do it.  Is this true?
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What causes a CCL to tear?   Is it just one of those things that happens from time to time, or are there types of activities to avoid to lower the risk?
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