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Old 02-15-2006, 10:16 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Just thought I'd update for anyone who was following the post I'd made almost a couple weeks ago regarding my baby Colorado and his patellar luxation surgery.

Well, he had the surgery today and he's been back home for about 4 hours. He's doing remarkably well! I can't believe it. The orthopedic surgeon was absolutely wonderful! They let us be there right after Colorado woke up from anesthesia. He was shaking and drooling and trying to get up, but immediately calmed when we entered the room. They left us with him for about an hour or so, during which time he because much more alert and much less shakey. Then, we got our discharge instructions and meds and we got to go home. He slept for a couple hours, woke up starving and needing to pee. He has a sling to help him walk (he had an epidural), but he wants no part of it, insisting that he can do it himself, and he CAN! Dogs are amazing! If it were me that had had that surgery, I'd probably be crying and whining for my mommy!

In case anyone is interested and not squemish, they cut the tibia (with the ligament attached), twisted it to realign it with the femur and reattached it using a couple pins. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! and he's not crying, or whining or doing anything that would lead me to believe he's not comfortable. He's sleepy, but that's about it.

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:20 PM   #2
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I'm glad that the surgery went well for him!!!
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Old 02-15-2006, 11:18 PM   #3
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Oh, that is wonderful news!!
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That IS great news!!!

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So glad he's doing well. :D
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Yay!! Isn't it amazing what our little lovies can do? I think he needs a new hand knit sweater for this ordeal.
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I've been wondering how your dog did with the surgery. I'm such animal freak, I get worried about ALL and ANYBODYS animals!
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Thanks for all the kind comments! :D

My little love is still doing quite well this morning. He has minimal swelling around the incision site, but is not in any pain. He is pretty much back to his usual happy self and he has a really good appetite, which the surgeon told me is wonderful news. The surgeon called me last night to ask how everything was going and he told me that he expects a 100% recovery, based on what he saw during surgery. Colorado is very strong and there was very little damage to his joint and absolutely no ligament damage, so once the surgery is done healing, he should be better than "normal", since normal to him was a kneecap that popped out spontaneously.

I do think I'll have to knit him a sweater! I've resisted doing it because he loves to roll around in mud, muck and snow, but he won't be allowed to do that for at least a few weeks, soooooo......

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Old 02-16-2006, 02:22 PM   #10
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Glad to hear Colorado pulled through okay! Although he clearly disregarded Owen Potato's caution to mind his parents as they nurse him back to health!

Sounds like Colorado had a similar proceedure to mine, in a way. The patellar tendon resection went similarly with me - they used a huge staple to reattach the bone bit with the tendon in my case. Now we'll both be able to set off security alarms at airports. :rollseyes:
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