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Buckles was dx w/ a cruc. lig. tear to her r hind knee in 2009. This is the biggest decision I have every had to make. Here knee is worst, she's limping. She is seeing Tuft's next wk. she is on Rimadyl which works ok. I have a few things I am worried about, she has a leaky heart valve, she is almost 6 yrs old, the cost is $5000.00, a brace $1000.00. I love her to death and I dont know what to do. 6-8 wks of healing, how do I know if it's going to happen to the other knee, what if the surg.doesnt work, wonder if she get and infection, pain, etc.? They talked about TPLO, TTA is not the best for boxers. I dont know what to do....Help?
 

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I know money should never be an object for our four legged family members, and prices are different in various parts of the country, but $5000 ????

I am in NJ (where things aren't cheap), but a friend of mine just recently had this surgery on her bulldog (one knee at a time) because after the first was done, the other went and it only cost $1500 per knee.

I hate to say you need to "shop around", but you need to "SHOP AROUND"

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We were quoted $4000. Reeko(almost 5) tore his left knee back in Oct. We can't afford the surgery, unfortunately. I would do anything for my dogs but forking out $4000 at one time, isn't happening. Bad mommy :( BUT he tore his meniscus and the vet didn't want to rush into surgery anyways since she said they usually just take that joint out and it ends up getting arthrytic....she said meniscus' usually repair themselves over time. So we are waiting

Usually around a year or so after the first knee goes then second one does. Atleast from what I've read.
 

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$5000 is crazy. I have a puppy going through this right now and I say puppy because he is only 10 mths old. TPLO is the best solution for our breed of dog mainly due to activity level. It gives them the best possible chance of recovery and not having to repeat surgery on that knee. My client was quoted $3500 from a specialist referral (orthopedic surgeon) not a reg vet as they were told this is not a common procedure your vet does on a regular basis.

They were told the chance of the other knee going is 50/50.

As for braces, there is a company in the US called Orthopets OrthoPets: Orthotic Brace or Prosthetic Device for Dog or Animal, including Stifle, Hock, Carpus, Elbow, Knee, Wrist, Ankle, or Paw I believe a custom stifle brace from them is around $350US.
 

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Lillie had TPLO surgery at an orthopedic surgeon and it was $3500. She was 18 months old and it was the best thing we could've done for her. The recovery was grueling (keeping a boxer puppy quiet for 8 to 12 weeks is almost impossible). But once recovery was over, she was boxer burning around the yard like nobody's business. She's almost 7 and we've had no other issues. If you let it go, the other knee can get injured as well because they transfer the weight to the good leg and it causes extra strain.
 

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See I thought $5000.00 was off the wall as well! In 2009 it was only $3500.00 so maybe me talking to the surgeon he didnt know? It's such a stressful prob. for me?! Its 100% the money that is what charge cards are for, its more the risks! I def. have to get more info!
 

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This website has some great info about CCL tears in dogs.

Dog Ligament Injury-- Is Surgery Really Needed?

My golden retriever had bilateral TPLO surgeries, both of his cruciate ligaments were blown when I adopted him. The first one healed amazingly well, the second knee seemed to bother him for the rest of his life even after surgery and very strict recovery. He also developed severe arthritis in his wrists, our holistic vet said possibly from the distribution of force in all of his limbs being altered as a result of the TPLO surgeries. Aspen now has a suspected partial cruciate tear but still has stability in the knee, so I'm restricting her activity to just bathroom breaks for 6-8 weeks in the hopes that she recovers without surgery (tons of info in the above link about non-surgical recovery from cruciate injuries). When my golden needed surgery I just took my vets word for it that TPLO is the way to go and didn't really look further. Now that they're telling me to do TPLO surgery on Aspen when she only limps intermittently and they can't get a positive drawer test (tells you if the cruciate is torn or not) I started to question whether or not TPLO is the way to go as we're not even sure if the cruciate is the cause of her limping. I got a lot of great info from the above link. There are some pretty serious risks associated with TPLO surgeries, such as bone cancer as a result of the plate being screwed into the leg bones and increased risk of tibial plateau fractures from the angle of the leg bones being altered. Try to get as much info as possible before making your decision.

When my golden had his surgeries (about 4 years ago), it turned out to be about $3500 per knee including all pre- and post-op radiographs, pain meds, post-op vet visits, etc. I took him down to Washington for his surgeries, if I had them done in Calgary it would have been about $4500/knee.
 

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Romeo had a TPLO on both hind knees. I am in Vancouver Canada. With xrays, hydro therapy and the surgery it costed me $5000 each leg. Worth every penny!!! That was 4 years ago and he is doing great!
 

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there is also some research that casting for six weeks (incomplete tear) will actually heal it. TPLO has some research that sugests that it can cause higher %risk of cancer in the joint/bone. Teathering is only as good as the material used. Bracing is a good alternative... I'd personally cast for min two to three weeks/until the brace came in... anti inlamatory for the pain... IMO

sorry for spelling this system doesn't work all that well...
 

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We did TPLO with our dog. Emmett ended up needing to have his plate and screws removed. However, despite that setback his surgery has been a success. We would certainly make that same choice again if needed. Ours cost about $3000.

Here's some pics from his surgery.
He got razor burn...



This is the incision from the hardware removal

 

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Stephlynn00 why did they end up removing the plate and screws? Isnt that what helps stabilize the lg and stop it from being reinjured? Also I thought with TPLO they implant a metal rod into the femur thats permanent? Your pictures look like the head of the femur has been broken and the plate was to hold the leg until the bones set and healed.

This is a TPLO leg from one of our 8 mth old puppies

 
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