If at only a year old she is already between and 2 and 3 on the grading....she is going to need the surgery. Shelby was diagnosed at 6 months. We waited 6 months to see if supplements and exercise improved her knee....they didn't. By a year old she was between a 2 and a 3. The reason we went ahead with the surgery was that the knee was getting worse and if we didn't operate their was a much greater chance of her damaging her ligaments and having serious arthritis issues when she aged.
Oh no Kelly!! I'm so sorry you are having a problem with Lexie's other knee as well. Our first surgery was not successful. After 8 weeks of confinement....we had to have the surgery repeated. We opted to do physical therapy and underwater treadmill as well. We decided we needed to do everything possible to ensure success the 2nd time. Our case was not the norm. I almost never hear of anyone having to repeat the surgery.
Yes, definitely go with a board certified surgeon. Ours was phenomenal! We only paid anthesthesiologist costs the 2nd time around.
Nancy is so right. They are often in more pain than we are aware of. I know Shelby is a very stoic little girl. She doesn't show pain but I know she's having it. We're doing great now.
Loving mom to Jake, Shelby and Micah