Two Days Post-Op

2 days of crate rest down, only 54 more to go!  (I’m counting Tuesday as a day of crate rest since that was her surgery day).  Riley had a good night last night.  She had to keep repositioning herself to get more comfortable, but I can’t really blame her!  I put a cold compress on her incision last night and she didn’t really seem to mind that too much.  I am also supposed to massage her leg, so have been doing that as well.  I also got to stick myself halfway into her crate and snuggle with her for about 10 minutes and get kisses from her!  Thank goodness they didn’t mess with her sweetness level while she was under the knife!

Scar pictures to follow, so if you don’t like seeing staples in skin, skip on down to the bottom!

Still a happy girl even in crate confinement!
Starting after she gets her staples removed (November 1st), I’m supposed to do range of motion “physical therapy” at home with her as much as she’ll tolerate.  I don’t see that being a problem for her, maybe for me because I won’t want to hurt her!  I’ll probably end up being too gentle, but I’ll have them show me what I’m supposed to do at the vet when she gets the staples removed.
Her knee is a little swollen, but the main thing that I can tell is swollen is actually her ankle.  No worries, that’s normal!  Anyway, I am sleeping on an air mattress downstairs in the family room by her crate at night in case she needs to go out in the night (plus she’d get lonely otherwise…and so would I!).  She had to go out once in the night to do her business and needed to go tank up on water another time (she gets a lot of access to water, I think she just got hot in the night…plus, we have a bowl that clips onto the crate door but I’m still looking around for it at the moment…sigh.).

Riley is Home from Surgery!!

Riley came home at around 11:30 this morning.  Her leg looks good from what I’ve been able to see of it and she isn’t too terribly swollen up.  She is starting to put a little bit of weight on that leg already (not consistently though)–go Riley!

You can see her in her crate kind of…it’s a little dark, but whatever.
She is being so good with keeping calm and quiet in her crate…even though Chloe is looking out of her favorite perch at the front window!  I just fed and medicated Riley and I’m expecting her to go back to sleep soon.  She was whining for a few seconds earlier but I think she was just bored.
She has a leg full of staples and is sporting a fancy new leg shaving hair do!  I’ll try to get a good pic of it later.

Riley’s TPLO Surgery

I just got off the phone with Riley’s surgeon, Dr. Dassler.  I talked to him for 10 minutes, so that was kinda nice.  Her surgery went well and she did well with the anesthesia and everything.  He said the normal angle in a dog’s knee is between 28 and 32 degrees.  Hers was 37 degrees, so it was pretty steep.  That predisposes them to having CCL (Cranial Cruciate Ligament) tears.  He also said the angle is also pretty steep in the other knee (her left knee) and that she will most likely have a tear in that knee sometime in the next year or so.  Grrrrrrreat.  Gives us plenty to look forward to.

Her ligament ended up not being completely torn like they had thought, but was “hanging on for dear life” by about 2 filaments.  So practically torn.  So they still were able to do the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotemy) surgery.  He said her meniscus (the sort of padding in the knee joint, I think) was not torn, so that’s good.  He left the ligament and meniscus in and the ligament may go ahead and tear the rest of the way or may not, but the knee is fixed anyway, so it won’t be a big deal–she just may limp around for a day or two when it does tear.

He is usually able to correct dog’s knees to a 5 degree angle with this surgery and, because of her steep 37 degree angle, was able to correct Riley’s to 11 degrees.  She should be good to go with the 11 degrees though and he said he’s pleased with the result.

Riley is now the bionic doggie and has a stainless steel plate in her leg and 6 shiny new screws into her bone!  I imagine she must now look something like this:

She is apparently still all doped up (which is most likely a good thing at this point) from the anesthesia and is on morphine right now.  Lucky duck!  Anyway, if all goes well, she should be able to come home tomorrow and begin her 8 weeks of crate rest.  Dr. Dassler said he has 2.5 pages of instructions for me–woohoo!  🙂
Thanks for all the puppy and human prayers and crossed paws (and fingers) for Riley!  I know she appreciates all of her bloggy pals and I most certainly appreciate all of the support from you all!