|Beanster, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't - doodle!!!
|Barked: Thu Apr 18, '13 3:48pm PST |
|I have Frenchies who have a much more pronounced curve to their femurs, and who also can be prone to LP. My first Frenchie was a grade 4, yet both my vet and I agreed that surgery most often resulted in MORE issues than it resolved, ESPECIALLY in those breeds with dwarfism or shortened/curved legs. This particular Frenchie lived a healthy life to age 15, VERY unusual in a Frenchie WITHOUT LP, and except for the patella slipping out occasionally, maybe once a month at most, she had no signs of arthritis and was still hiking with me up until she died.
This vet is an orthopaedic special-ist, and obviously has occasions when he has to do this surgery, but he will only do it when the knee cap is constantly out and the dog cannot keep it in the grove at all due to the poor results overall observed after the surgery.
As a groomer I have seen plenty of dogs who have gone thru the surgery for LP and I have NEVER seen a single one who could walk normally after the surgery. These surgeries were done by different vets and at different ages in the dogs, and some of these dogs had, IMO, extremely mild LP, so it certainly wasn't a poor surgical procedure nor a poor surgical risk. Due to the very nature of the surgery, deepening the grove in the femur by cutting it, arthritis WILL be an issue since laying on extra bone is the bodies natural way of coping with the injury to the grove, and that is what arthritis actually is.
Beanie right now has grade 4 LP in one knee, grade 2 in the other. He is six years old, and the ONLY issue he has is for about 8 or 10 steps after his kneecap slips out until he can stretch it enough to slip it back in. He is by NO MEANS in pain, except perhaps when it actually slips out, yet he doesn't even limp after it slides back into the grove. At the present time he has NO signs of arthritis in either knee.
I would certainly avoid surgery if at all possible, especially since this has only slipped out once so far. I would also do plenty of research and only allow a vet who was extremely experienced in LP repair do the surgery if I chose to have it done.