This has not been an easy road...for Lainey or for us! Today we are officially 4 months out from her ACL surgery. According to the paperwork, Lainey should be exercising like "normal" and running, jumping and rough play should gradually be introduced until at a normal level.
Unfortunately, she is still not even walking on that leg yet.
We had another visit with the surgeon last night and he took another set of x-rays (assuming the artificial band had snapped), but everything looks as good as it did the day he placed it in there. The metal plate is even still in the same spot (he said sometimes it can shift a little).
He did notice a lot of fluid around Lainey's knee and mentioned that she is in a lot of pain. He tried touching her knee when she was under anesthesia and she reacted to it. He said only patients who are in severe pain will react to anything while being "under".
We will be dropping Lainey off at the surgeon's office tomorrow so they can aspirate the knee and get some of the fluid off. They will then send the fluid to a pathologist to run some tests.
For now, we are back on pain meds and antibiotics.
I JUST WANT MY DOG BACK.....MY PUPPY!!!
I knew this was going to be a loooong process, but knowing that we are 3 months post op and she is healing at about 20-30 days post op is so frustrating. We have done everything that is expected and it still seems to be one thing after another.
I pray that here is where we will turn the corner....After handling this fluid issue that is around her knee, we will (finally) be headed in the right direction.
11 hours ago