Lainey got the green light to go ahead with the next surgery today. They will conduct what's called a TPLO on her right hind leg this afternoon. This entails cutting her tibia bone and then rotating it to reduce the slope of her knee. A plate and screws are used to hold the tibia in place so that the bone can heal in its new position. This surgery has a faster recovery time and will give her better range of motion of the joint in that leg.
As far as her left leg....she is in slow motion with the recovery phase and will continue to be this way probably for the next couple months until we can start physical therapy. She has lost a ton of muscle mass in this leg and the cartilage issue in her hock is causing her issues with walking (although, the new brace should eventually help with this issue). She also has "limited" range of motion in this leg due to the lack of using it the past 6 months, so she is having problems fully extending the leg.
If we can get the right leg on the road to recover after today's surgery, we can concentrate more on the left leg and getting it back to "working condition".
I will be traveling to the east side of the state again this weekend to visit with her. I'm so ready to have her home with us! Although, I'm a nervous wreck anticipating what the recover process is going to entail once we get her home.
Wish us luck!
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