The hips came after the ACL rupture and reviewing the x-rays.
The 3K was for the whole kit and kaboodle however; DH and I are not going to take this route. We discussed it and believe it would be just as painful (for all of us) going through the surgery and rehabilitation in comparison to giving him new medications, supplements and limited exercise to alleviate his pain for the rest of his years ahead.
Fortunately, cancers were not detected from Gryphon's monorchid surgery and have connected to SuperWanda's thread about weakness in dog's hind leg: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=85005&page=2
Poor old soles.