TPLO Surgery (CCL/ACL Tear) - Recovery Issue?

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  1. Courtney H

    Courtney H Well-Known Member

    I'm having a mild concern regarding my female CC's (Cora) post op recovery from TPLO surgery. I'm hoping someone could offer me some insight and piece of mind.

    About a month and a half ago, I noticed a limp. Suddenly. I thought she had pulled a muscle, so I waited a couple of days. It didn't go away, so off to the vet she went. They did and exam and determined she had a partial tear (maybe) in her CCL. Pain meds were prescribed for two weeks. After she was off of them for a week, the limp returned. So back on the meds she went for another two weeks. During that time, I had her on restricted activity and leash walk only. One day while I had her out on her leash, she decided to go turbo and started running circles around me. Then, up went her bad leg and she completely stopped putting weight on it. I rushed her to the vet. During the exam, they determined that she completely blew out her CCL. Luckily, they had openings for surgery on Friday, and this happened on Wednesday night.

    Surgery went great, no complications. And she did have a complete tear.

    So things have been going well post op. But yesterday I noticed a clicking or popping sound when she puts too much pressure on that bad leg (3 days post op). Today (day 4), I am still hearing it. She's having a hard time going to the bathroom, probably because she's not wanting to squat. So she only goes when she absolutely cannot hold it any longer. And this morning she kind of hopped a little bit and twisted like she was in pain, and refused to poop.

    I am stressed to the max. I've cried and cried for her because I feel so helpless and I can stand to see her like this. I have done everything the surgeon told me to do. She has been in a confined space with complete rest (except bathroom breaks), a harness to hold up her hind quarters, medications as scheduled, cleaning the wound, cold compresses 4-5 times a day... This popping noise is freaking me out. I called the vet yesterday and got the on-call doctor (they were closed for Memorial Day) and she wasn't really sure if it was a problem. She wanted to give it a couple of days to see if it persists. Luckily, I have an appointment for my male (Axel) today for his check-up and rabies vaccine. So I will be bringing it up to them.

    Has anyone else heard this popping noise at only 3-4 days post op? I'm hoping Cora isn't the only one this has happened to. I just don't know what to do...
  2. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    I'll put this here, too... if you're on FaceBook, post your question to this group: Orthodogs (dogs prepping or rehabbing from surgery):

    They are a wealth of knowledge on all things pre- and post- TPLO.

    I did a search for 'clicking' and some suggest if may just be some fluid buildup causing the noises.
    I would be more concerned with her apparent pain and inability to squat to defecate...
  3. Courtney H

    Courtney H Well-Known Member

    Thank you! I'm not on Facebook but that's helpful. The vet that saw Axel tonight has a lot of experience with TPLO surgery. She said that popping and clicking CAN be normal and not to worry unless she gets worse and stops improving all together. She suggested that I keep caring for her as I am and to just be patient for her two week check up.
  4. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    There is also a Yahoo group for orthodogs but I don't know how many people use it anymore.
  5. Courtney H

    Courtney H Well-Known Member

    The clicking/popping noise sounds a little better today. Not happening as frequently as yesterday or the day before.

    It's just so hard to watch her go through this. Breaks my heart....
  6. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    That I can completely understand. Kryten has had elbow surgery twice and the first one took a lot out of everyone emotionally. Just keep reminding yourself why you choose the surgical route and know that eventually it gets much better.
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  7. Courtney H

    Courtney H Well-Known Member

    I actually think that it's coming from her hip, not her knee. I'm sure the muscles aren't stabilizing things properly right now, and that's a lot of trauma. So I'm hoping that once she builds her muscles back up, the clunking noise will stop.

    Each day gets a little easier for her. One day at a time, I guess.
  8. marke

    marke Well-Known Member

    it's been my experience the surgery is the easy part , the recovery and rehab are tortuous ...... whenever a surgeon comes out and tells me it went well , it never makes me feel better , because it was never the part i was worried about ............. good luck with your girls recovery .....
  9. Courtney H

    Courtney H Well-Known Member

    Yes, exactly. It's getting her back to the point of complete recovery. Thank you for your well wishes, it's greatly appreciated.

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