call2arms wrote:Especially with young, active dogs, it's hard, but if the dog has to be crated, it HAS to be crated, not left running around the backyard even for "just tinkle time"... I don't believe that the dog in this situation was even that high energy, it was simply allowed to exercise too much with freslhy cut, unhealed bone...
call2arms wrote:Well... There was a dog who underwent a TPLO a while long ago, the owners did not respect the restrictions for resting, the plate and screws literally busted and he had to go under again. And died of anesthetic complications on the table. First surgery went fine.
Obviously as with any surgery, the risk is there but being on the table for 1.5 - 3 hours makes it a bit worse, even with all the super-close monitoring. My point is that, had he not had complications from the TPLO, he would still be alive.
Again, it's one in how may surgeries - they do orthopedic surgeries day in day out, and I'd never heard of such a case, but it happens.
Oh and from another clinic we saw a modified FLO that failed - different technique implying implants and other hardware - the knee was just dangling. Still done by a certified surgeon. Complications happen.
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