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Old June 25th, 2010, 02:34 PM
cross222 cross222 is offline
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TPLO Horror Stories?


Been lurking for a while, first post:

My 10.5 year old male black lab has just been diagnosed with a ruptured ACL.
After doing full blood work and a radiograph of his back/hips and stifle, my vet has recommended TPLO surgery. The dog is otherwise in perfect health, aside from standard aging issues (minor spondylosis in his back, etc).

I've been reading a lot on the internet about many problems people/dogs have had with the recovery of the TPLO surgery, and I'm wondering if this is the best possible solution. (Of course, the $4000+ price tag is a bit of a concern as well.)

After reading about turned legs, blown staples, etc etc etc, I'm wondering if amputation of the leg is a better option. (As there are many positive reviews of how dogs deal with losing a hind leg.)

As a sidenote, I'm going to do what's best for my family's best friend, money be damned... I just want to make the most educated decision.

Thanks in advance.
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