|Barked: Sun Apr 28, '13 12:41pm PST |
|Let's see. It was close to 3 years ago. I had one knee done at a time. I spent a month in a crate, only getting out about 3Xs a day to pee."Minimal steps" My crate had wheels so it could roll wherever my family was hanging out. After 30 days I started out with short walks, moved into an X pen outside for a few hours a day and increased my exercise until after about another 30 days I was good and getting ready to do the second surgery.
I never took a lame step once the surgery was over and part of the issue was keeping me from moving around too much afterwards because my knee felt a lot better. (It had to heal and I had to try not to put too much stress on the plates until it did because it would have been very bad if a plate broke)I had to lose weight, I wasn't fat but in the heavy side of normal. I am now on the light side of normal and have to stay that way.
I occasionally have a little pain in one of my knees when the weather changes. I had arthritis in my knees from the tears. (My injuries weren’t traumatic; it was conformation and a gradual tearing. The surgery arrested the arthritis and it hasn't gotten any worse. Last year I had both knees x rayed. They are completely healed and look good.
My surgeries cost $2500 per knee. A non-board certified special ist would have cost a little less, but given they were going into my knee joint; my person wanted the special ist to do the surgery.
I feel I had a good outcome and given the same choice, I would get the surgery again.
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