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Old 11-23-2017, 07:31 PM
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Question Elbow surgery recovery experiences?

Calling to all elbow surgery survivors!

My 10 month old berner cross puppy just had elbow surgery which included removing a fragment via arthroscopy and also an ulna osteotomy to hopefully help with incongruity of his radius and ulna. We are currently 2 weeks post-op, everything looks like its going well. Incisions are healing, he seems to be getting a bit better limp wise everyday but is still sore which is expected. The surgery was performed at an excellent college with the best orthopedic surgeons so I am hopeful that the results of this surgery long term will be good!

He seems to be doing well rest wise, sometimes gets bored and doesn't want to lay around anymore but otherwise not too bad. He currently hangs out in the living room when i'm watching him and then the crate when i'm not in the immediate area. He doesn't move around too much just goes to his food or repositions and then we do controlled visits to the backyard. Overall he's been a trooper... 6 weeks to go !


I would really love to hear anyone else's experiences with the recovery process from this surgery. Knowing how some other pups got through this process would be awesome. How long before you started doing stairs, walks etc (I know the first 8 weeks strictly no stairs but still wondering). Any stories would be great and advice or tips would be greatly appreciated to make it all even smoother.


Hope to hear from you all!
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:43 AM
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I had a dog, years ago, who went through the exact same thing.

She was 7 months old at the time. She had lots of pain after the surgery (but again it was years ago) and had to be under strong medication for a while.

After the few weeks recovery time, she was great. Never had a limp after the recovery time. Ran and jumped for the rest of her life without any issue.

The only thing was: she had to have the second elbow done a few months after the first one... but no problem with it afterward either. She lived a long, full and active life.

Unfortunately, I have no precise recollection of the recovery time, around 6 weeks I think.

I hope everything will go great for your pup.
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That's awesome. Thank you for your response.

My boy is currently on his 7th week of recovery, he is sore in his elbow from the pin they placed in his ulna. The surgeon wanted to keep it in until our recheck next week and I think he's just about ready to have it out! I'm hoping the recheck goes well and once the pin is removed he will feel much better.

Thankfully he only has dysplasia in one elbow. The other was perfect. I'm glad your girl made a full recovery, gives me hope!!
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Thumbs up hydrotherapy is good stuff.

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any nearby locations for hydrotherapy?

Some vets offer it, & a walk-in glass tank with a treadmill that can adjust for incline is fantastic.
U start level, & slowly elevate. // Simply access to a heated pool, a walk-around berm, & a flotation coat plus a harness, is a great boon for regaining muscle & co-ordination.
U accompany the dog as they swim, walking along the edge, ready to intervene, with 2 nylon leashes:
one to the dog's SHOULDERS that clips to a welded-shut or cast one-piece ring [no gaps!, no bent metal], or to a locking carabiner that's rated to 500 or more pounds, & the 2nd leash clips to the dog's buckle collar [adjusted so that it will *not* go up & over their head].

I hope it heals well, with a return to full function.
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