Steroids knee surgery recovery

I have a 6 year old Pit Bull who tore her ccl in both her back legs. This was back in December. I have had her on rimadyl and cosequin ever since. Initially, I had to sling walk her because she could not walk at all putting pressure on her back legs. She would lay down to eat and I had to carry her everywhere. She is 85 pounds. Now, in April, she has substantially improved, but is still compensating for the use of her back legs and will never fully recover without surgery. I decided to bring her to an orthopedic surgeon who suggested the TPLO surgery or the “old fashioned surgery” which is almost half the price. She said short term, the TPLO surgery has a quicker recovery period, but after 6 months post surgery, she’s not convinced that the TPLO surgery is any better than the traditional route. If it is a partial tear, she can completely tear the ligament in the future and destroy the meniscus in both back legs. I know recovery is going to be difficult, but I would like her to go back to enjoying her 3 mile walks every nite. I guess for anyone who reads this and is contemplating surgery, the best way to make a decision is to consider your dog’s lifestyle (my girl is miserable not being able to go out walking and was quite athletic) and consider the amount of money it would cost for surgery now versus meds for the rest of their lives. For me, surgery is the most cost-effective, life-changing option and I intend on going through with the traditional surgery. I will update and let you know how it goes. Paws crossed! 🙂

Thank you, Cheryl.  My work is in horticulture and I am on my feet all day. recently I have been actually working a 56 hour week and I have put off the other TKR for the last 5 years thinking I might retire but don't really want to. Dr and consultant aren't bothered but it has been suggested that I have been putting too much pressure on my repaired leg and I tend to drag the other one a bit. Painful.  Sometimes my bad knee gives way and I fall down on both knees needing help. to get up of course. Then BOTH knees are stiff and swollen for a time. But onward, ever onward! I love to be outside all day for 9 months of the year and for the other 3 months I suffer from . So that is my chosen time for the op.  Thank you again for your interest.

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    Steroids knee surgery recovery

    steroids knee surgery recovery

    Platlet rich plasma, or PRP , which involves the injection of a portion of your own blood into your knee has been scientifically proven to reduce the pain from osteoarthritis for up to one year or more.  In the end… PRP and stem cell injections may prove to be the best alternative to knee replacement surgery… but the jury is still out.  One important caveat… Most insurance plans do not cover PRP injections.  It truly is the wild west out there with regards to pricing and preparation.  The research about PRP continues to the this day… we are still unsure of the exact reason why it works and the best way to prepare it… but the currently available methods seem to work well.  I have called many offices in my area and found that the price for a PRP injection into a knee can vary from $1000-$5000 — so please shop around and do not be afraid to negotiate.

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