On Monday July 16th our primary vet (Belmar-Wall Animal Hospital) confirmed that he likely tore his ACL, and referred us to an orthopedic surgeon.
Today we met with Dr. Mahmoud Hussein, DVM of Howell Animal Hospital. After taking Xrays he confirmed that Opie requires TPLO** surgery (a plate and 6 screws to hold his knee in place).
We are asking for your help. This clearly happened out of the blue and we were not prepared for such a procedure. This surgery will enable Opie to regain full use of his leg (which he has not used since the incident). He will need to be hospitalized for one night, so that he can be monitored, and then will be sent home the next day where we will continue comfort care, and at home rehabilitation.
This is his healthy knee, notice the femur and tibia are nicely stacked onto each other.
This is his bad knee, notice the bottom bone (tibia) is completely out of place and not being held in place by the ligament.
This surgery needs to be scheduled sooner rather than later, at the moment Opie is not using his back right leg, causing a lot of stress to his healthy left side. Opie's hips look great, and his left side is holding strong, but waiting could result in his healthy side deteriorating.
Anyone who knows us, knows that we would do anything for our dogs, they are our family. Opie is only 7 years old, he's athletic, he's got plenty of spunk. Please help us get him back on all 4 feet. We are eternally grateful for any help we can get.
**In a TPLO procedure, the tibial plateau, the portion of the tibia adjoining the stifle, is cut and rotated so that its slope changes to approximately 5 degrees from the horizontal plane. This prevents the femur from sliding down the slope of the tibial plateau when the dog puts weight on its knee. Thus surgery generally results in faster recovery times compared to other procedures to stabilize the knee. Most dogs (over 90%) are expected to regain a very active and athletic lifestyle with no post-operative complications and without the need for any long-term pain relieving medication. (wikipedia)
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