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My Dog Has a Torn ACL -- which is the best surgery?


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We have a big, strong Mastiff that we walk twice a day. He is almost 5 years old and weighs 150 pounds. A couple of weeks ago, he started limping in the house. But when he went out for his walks, he was as energetic as always without any limp. DH tried to examine his paw, thinking he might have stepped on something but he would not let him touch it (he growled and snapped at him, which is very unusual). We took him to the vet, they did x-rays and they discovered that his ACL had completely ruptured!

 

He told us that no matter what treatment we decided on, he would have to lose weight. So we have some prescription reduced-calorie food that he has adjusted to already. We were given two surgical options: 1) the traditional replacement of the tendon with synthetic material; or 2) a TTA or TPLO, which involves cutting into the bone and putting in screws and plates. The second option is more than double the price of the first procedure. But he could not really give me any significant differences between the outcomes. Dogs who had both procedure were likely to have arthritis eventually. The second procedure is more invasive and I would think more painful. Has anyone had to make a decision like this? If so, which treatment did you choose and what happened with your dog? Thanks in advance! :wave:

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