Taj's post-operative radiographs confirmed that the fixator was positioned properly and that there was good anatomic alignment. Success of a fixator surgery is largely dependent on the post-operative care of the owner. The most important post-surgical instructions are 1) being stringent with exercise restrictions and 2) keeping the pin sites clean and sterile. Undue stress on the implants can breakdown the repair.
Taj must keep the fixator on for at least 12 weeks - likely up to 16 weeks. During the first month of recovery, he must have severe movement restrictions (only for basic functions). Taj can go outside for elimination purposes only (5 minute then 10 minute bath room trips - up to 4 times per day). Taj must spend the remainder of his time in an exercise pen, in a crate, or sitting with me on a leash.
Taj will likely not put much weight on the leg for the first 1-2 weeks. Weeks 3-4 he should start putting some weight on the leg - using it every couple steps. The fixator helps work by transferring the weight from the in-tact bone above the break site to the in-tact bone below the break site; thus, allowing the break site to help while stabilizing the rest of the leg.
|Mr. Taj in the back of SUV on the Ride Home|
|Close-Up of Leg 1-Day Post-Surgery|
|An Exhausted but Relieved Mom and Taj|
Taj came hopping out on three legs - holding up the fixator leg and had no trouble with mobility in this fashion. He was relieved to see me and to get home! Luckily for me once I placed him in the back of the SUV (with help from the technician), he simply laid down and went to sleep and stayed sleeping for the entire trip home. Although I was alone for the trip back, I would highly recommend that you pick your dog up from this type of surgery with another person - that way one of you can drive and the other can watch and check-back on the dog. Taj is fairly laidback and was exhausted so this was not a problem for me, but could be with other dogs. A dog would be ok in a crate post-op from this kind of surgery, but it is most comfortable for them to be able to lay down completely on their side with their surgery leg up - which can be a challenge in a crate with larger breeds.
|Rumi Happy to See his Brother Come Home|
|Chris, Dave, Cindy, and Liza wish Mr. Taj a Speedy Recovery!|