Riley did have the decompression with the titanium mesh implant 3 years ago and she is doing so phenomenenally well. Medication she took pre-operatively for SM including gabapentin and prednisone had absolutely no effect on her symptoms. She is now on 2.5 mg prednisone a day (I've just successfully reduced her daily dosage by half!!!) She loves her walks, playing in the yard, she runs after squirrels in the yard, and she is happy. Because she is on daily prednisone she goes to the neuro every four months for bloodwork and she has a complete neuro exam which is always completely normal. She is definitely a success story. She has not had any setbacks at all. Is that due to the titanium implant? I don't know. She was old also when she had the surgery. She was almost six years old which is the cut-off for surgery for a lot of neurologists.
Regarding the swine tissue, Linderbelle's Abbey is the only one I know who had that surgery two years ago and I know she's having difficulties right now. Again, is it because the swine tissue failed? There's no way of knowing. Was her SM worse than Riley's to begin with? Again, don't know. Before surgery, two different neurologists told me Riley's SM was very advanced and very severe.
I wish you lived near Chicago. I'd send you to Riley's neurologist. I've just been so happy with everything about Riley's surgery. Her recovery was about 8 weeks of restrictions - difficult in a multi dog household, but not impossible. To tell the truth, I was not sure about the surgery until at least six months post-op. It took a while to figure out her meds but once she was settled, I started to relax. Her neurologist's name is Dr. Michael Podell. All 4 of my dog's have seen him for various reasons and Oliver my oldest has also had surgery with him (cervical disc decompression).
PM me anytime. if I can help you with any more information I will.