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So, I have posted 3 times, but am still unable to create a new thread in the health section so I guess this is my only option.

I live in Connecticut.

Have a 1 year old boxer (around 53 lbs). He needs both CCLs repaired which is the reason I decided to join a forum. Want to see who can provide surgeon names with procedure done (TPLO, TTA, Tight Rope, Fishing Wire) and prices paid for New England.

Since he needs both repairs the costs are well beyond what we can afford. We have done a fair amount of research and determined that we will likely go with the tight rope. I have had 3 other CCL surgeries done on my other dogs who have all passed away. 1 was the fishing line and 2 were TPLO. We have been quoted $3500-$4000 PER KNEE, which means $7k-$8k total.

Fortunately, from what we have researched there is very little, if any, evidence that TPLO produces better results long term versus tight rope regardless of dog's weight (for those under 80 lbs). There are actual studies posted by surgeons available online.

Our thinking is that hopefully we can find a qualified surgeon who will provide fair pricing on both knees. We live in CT and are willing to travel within reason (up to 6-8 hours).
 

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I'd get a referral to a veterinary school from your regular vet. At least they can look at the x-rays, and give you some advice. I know our local vet waited too long, and by the time we got to orthopedics at the veterinary school so much inflammation had set in. The bone was being destroyed, and surgery should have been done months ago. A teaching hospital should know what is best in your case. They should also provide you with a fairly good price. They may want to redo x-rays. I know they wanted an x-ray under anesthesia to really get it accurate


https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/veterinarian-rankings
 

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Thank you. I will check into that. How long did you wait before surgery?

What would be VERY helpful for others that have recommendations based on personal experience.

1. Surgeon name and location
2. Procedure performed (TPLO, Tightrope, TTA, etc)
3. Price paid
4. Dog's weight
5. Result: Was it a success?
 

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Thank you. I will check into that. How long did you wait before surgery?

What would be VERY helpful for others that have recommendations based on personal experience.

1. Surgeon name and location
2. Procedure performed (TPLO, Tightrope, TTA, etc)
3. Price paid
4. Dog's weight
5. Result: Was it a success?
I wish I could help more. I hope your baby is not in too much pain. For help with the costs, I know there are some companies who will finance animal procedures and let you pay them back monthly. Similar to a credit card. I've never used one, but it may be another option for helping you to fund the immediate costs.

I googled to try to find one and there are a lot of sites that come up to help with financial assistance. It may take you a bit to sort through some, but it seems there may be other options too.
 

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I wish I could help more. I hope your baby is not in too much pain. For help with the costs, I know there are some companies who will finance animal procedures and let you pay them back monthly. Similar to a credit card. I've never used one, but it may be another option for helping you to fund the immediate costs.

I googled to try to find one and there are a lot of sites that come up to help with financial assistance. It may take you a bit to sort through some, but it seems there may be other options too.
Thank you. He is doing surprisingly well with the pain. He is a tough guy. Hopefully others will be able to share more. We are willing to travel to get the surgery done at the right vet that offers a balance between experience and reasonable prices.

It's so hard to find a place to perform the operation because they all want to collect a $100 fee just to find out how much they charge for the surgery.
 

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Along with our beautiful Boxer, we had an 85 pound Golden that had both done. First was TPLO and it was expensive and a tough recovery. When the second CCL went 1 1/2 years later, we went with tightrope and it was probably half the cost and a much easier surgery for the dog. Dr. Cook did the surgery and is the one who developed the procedure. It's a long drive for you but I would call them and find out the cost. It may be well worth the drive to Illinois. Good luck to you!
 

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I can't remember how much we paid, or what type of CCL we had done at the University of WI Veterinary School. It was so long ago. I do know that by waiting 6 months for a supposed partial tear to grow back, the damage done by inflammation cost much more than if we'd had it done early. Just to have teeth cleaned, or a small biopsy done, our local vet usually charges between $1,500 to $1,800.


Most of this cost appears to be for the anesthesia.


The veterinarian who diagnosed the need for CCL repairs should be able to fax your dog's diagnostic films, and paperwork, to an orthopedic specialist or teaching hospital. It would be for a consultation. It's done all the time, and I think the charge is minimum at a Vet School.
 

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It was 5 years ago and maybe somewhere between $2500 and $2800 with blood testing, etc. I'm almost sure that they would give you an idea over the phone.
 
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