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    ACL Tear in young Pit Bull

    Just wondering if anyone has had a surgery to repair an ACL tear called "canine intra-articular fascial graft". My 2.5 year old female has a torn ACL and our vet is recommending this procedure.

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    I've moved your thread to the Health/Nutritional Care forum in hopes that you get more replies to your question. :)

    My dog Gretchen (Lab/Rott) had ACL surgery last year.
    Anterior Cruciate Ligament (caution picture heavy)

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    I've never seen that term "canine intra-articular fascial graft". Did your doctor explain what exactly is entailed in the repair and more importantly, why the condition of your dog is bested suited for this repair?

    My dog will be getting a TPLO next week, she's about 3yrs old based on shelter guesstimates. We first went to our regular vet; then an orthopedic specialist and then chose another surgeon to do the surgery. This surgeon explained the various repair options very well (and long term prognosis) and also based his recommendations on the structure of the bones to be effected so I trust his recommendation.

    Is your dog's cruciate ligament totally blown or is it a partial tear?

    In the link below is a quick overview of the main surgical repair options for CCL tears. Of that list, the last one mentioned (Tightrope Repair) should be avoided at all costs based on what our orthopedic specialist said. He had used that method for a little while and regrets every operation using that method due to the overwhelming failure rate of that method.
    Surgical Repair Options for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair | Dog Knee Injury

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    i was just going through this. the vet told me my 8 month old female had an acl tear...well he put 'possible acl tear.' I put her on SEVERE cage rest for 3 weeks, the recommend 8, bur being she is only 8 months that was close to impossible. we slowly increased exercise little by litter and we havent had a single problem since 'knock on wood.' I posted a link about a specialist that talks about non surgical methods as anytime there is lameness they say its an acl tear and want to rush you into surgery because its a lot of money! I posted a link on one of these other posts about someones dog having a torn acl and the link is WELL WORTH reading, its very knowledgable about the injury, and how to try at home cage rest first before rushing into surgery, it may not be the best solution..dont always trust vets!! look for the link cause i dont have it my computer died and i am using a PS3 to go online thats why my spelling is crap! good luck and PM me for more info. i have also heard of many dogs doing great without surgery, its not always the case, but hey, always look at all your options first, you dont have to believe the vet when he tells you surgery is the only option!!

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    Not sure if these are the same links that Hucklebutt has but here are the ones I have:

    This site contains numerous, really useful links:
    Our TPLO Experience: Links

    This site has a lot of info that is pro-conservative management:
    Torn Dog Ligament --Is Surgery Really Needed?

    There are so many factors involved with each individual dog's injury and their inherent structure issues. Trying conservative management first is not a bad decision but it's a long road and there are age and quality of life issues to consider for each individual dog as well. We tried it for a while for my dog but I was not seeing improvement with her weight bearing on the affected leg though she had regained muscle m$#@!.

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    uhm im not sure, I just got my computer hooked up so maybe i can find the link. the guy is super nice and will talk to anyone, it helped me so much to read what he had on there, esp. since i had fallen into such a big depression when I found out that scarlett had a torn acl...i remember going into the vet saying please dont have a torn acl please dont have that wrong with her...i was devestated.

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    Here is the link! im telling you, read it, you will be glad you did!

    http://home.earthlink.net/%7Etiggerpoz/index.html

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    Tons of crate rest and only outside on a leash will help some. Keep us updated.

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    My friend was worried her APBT tore her ACL (especially because she's broke). Her sister's in her final year of vet school and examined her, said there was a good chance she just herniated it playing too hard as she's a lazy pitbull. She went on bedrest for 5 weeks with brief potty breaks and got lots of extra cuddling. She was gradually able to put more and more weight on her leg. She's walking with a very slight limp now, and can't play outside with her brothers and sisters anymore.

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    tell your friend to give the natural vitamins i gave as my dog doesnt limp anymore.

    royal jelly 2 daily
    bee pollen 2 daily
    chinese ginseng 1 daily
    vitamin e 1 daily
    vitamin c 1 daily

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