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bfreebern

Yada, Yada, Yada.
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Dougless is just about to break 100# at 7 months old. Took him splitboarding Monday, his St. Bernard defined showed! 😂

Is there a way to post videos on here?
The videos need to be hosted somewhere, then you can load them as media on your posts.
 

BlindedByScience

Proud Father of a brave U.S. Marine
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Our last dog had to have three doggie ACL surgeries: One to repair it initially, placing in a cadaver ligament and two steel plates. One to repair it after he tore it, again. And then one to remove the plates and screws after they irritated him so much he chewed through his scar tissue and exposed the surgical steel hardware!
Spike's surgeon said for a guy with his bone size, the "lateral suture technique" was the best way to go. From the net; "...Lateral suture technique involves replacing the torn ligament with a false ligament (a single fiber plastic line called a mono-filament) on the outside of the joint...." The surgeon was super nice about explaining all the options. The suture they put in is a large gauge suture, and the Dr. said it is very strong, should last as long as Spike does, and has real advantages for lots of dogs. Really trust these guys, so that's what we did. Twice....:rolleyes: But the good news is that after the recovery time (months) he really feels good, back to his old ornery self. Runs the yard with the other dogs, and gets up on things he probably shouldn't. Back of the couch, for example;

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Sorry about the image rotation....but in any event, we had fantastic success with Spike's ACL surgery. He's once again a happy dog..!!
 

kann

One Leg Of Fury.
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Spike's surgeon said for a guy with his bone size, the "lateral suture technique" was the best way to go. From the net; "...Lateral suture technique involves replacing the torn ligament with a false ligament (a single fiber plastic line called a mono-filament) on the outside of the joint...." The surgeon was super nice about explaining all the options. The suture they put in is a large gauge suture, and the Dr. said it is very strong, should last as long as Spike does, and has real advantages for lots of dogs. Really trust these guys, so that's what we did. Twice....:rolleyes: But the good news is that after the recovery time (months) he really feels good, back to his old ornery self. Runs the yard with the other dogs, and gets up on things he probably shouldn't. Back of the couch, for example;

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Sorry about the image rotation....but in any event, we had fantastic success with Spike's ACL surgery. He's once again a happy dog..!!
That's great to hear. Sounds incredibly less invasive than having hardware installed, as well. Glad the little dude is back to his old self!
 

BlindedByScience

Proud Father of a brave U.S. Marine
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That's great to hear. Sounds incredibly less invasive than having hardware installed, as well. Glad the little dude is back to his old self!
They actually drill the bone to put the filament in...it's pretty darn secure. I packed him around for a month after each knee was done....but he's pretty much 100% now. He was never a big jumper, thankfully. He's been on a diet, lost a couple pounds....very healthy, very happy. Chokes me up just a little to watch him wag his tail and run the yard; he was so pitiful with the torn ACL....just can't imagine the pain he went through. Better now...!!
 
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