I would like to start this thread because we have researched this again and again and there realy is not much out there. So I would like to post this for anyone else that is in our shoes can have some type of information on this.
On Thursday September 1, 2011 our little girl Gracie had surgery on both of her hind legs. Her right leg was at a stage 3 and her left was at a stage 2. We dropped her off at 7 am and told us is they would call after the surgery was done. Now let me tell you leaving our little girl was not easy nor was it easy on her brother Bailey. It was very difficult on our Bailey seeing how they have not been seperated since birth. On the Friday we were not only worring about our little girl we were worring about Bailey, he was just lying around not eating not acting like himself he was missing his sister.
Finally around 2:00 we received the call from the surgeon. They had to deepen the groove in both knees and tighten the muscles surrounding the knee cap. the surgeon said he felt everything went well and we should be able to pick up Gracie on Friday.
Thursday night we called to check on gracie because she had to stay overnight, they said she was doing well putting some weight on her legs didn't want to eat which was normal because of the meds she was on. She was on a epidural drip for the pain.
We picked gracie up around 3:00 after all of the post op instructions we were able to bring her home
For the rest of Friday she was pretty much quiet and slept. She is on Tramadol 2-3 times a day for the pain and Carprofen 1-2 times a day for the inflammation. Also heat on the knees 3-4 times a day. We are running face clothes under hot water and putting them in baggies then appying them to her knees 3-4 times a day.
When we take her out to pee we are putting a towel under her belly to give her support.
So it is Monday Sept 5 4 days after surgery Gracie is almost back to normal. She is still favoring her right leg a little. But all and all looking good. Definetly not what I expected.
Bailey is very happy to have his sister back even thought she is being a little fresh to him.
I am going to keep up with her progress because I know there is not much out there on this procedure and I want to put peoples mind at ease. I know my husband and I were both a pyhisical wreck about this whole situation and if I can ease peoples mind about this situation they are further ahead than we were.