Posted : 5/29/2011 10:17:17 AM
Yes I believe that scar tissue is supposed to develop and help stabilize the knee but the tear doesn't heal. My understanding is that CM should take a minimum of 6 mos and up to a year.
I also understand that it is most suitable to smaller dogs and laid back/inactive dogs. Bugsy is neither so it was in no way an option, in fact having spoken to umpteen vets/surgeons and rehab vets, Bugsy was not a candidate for traditional surgery either. He's 105lbs and very active and there is no way to prevent him from being insane.
If he were smaller and less crazy I would have at least considered CM but to me, spending up to a year keeping him from being him, was too long a time in the span of his lifetime. With the surgery (tplo) we had 8 wks of slow and limited but after the bones were healed we were good to go forward and build him up again. I think it was about 4 mos post op when I felt he was pretty much back full activity and at 6 mos he was pretty much back to pre-surgical fitness.
Due to his conformation we were told that his other knee would likely go too and it may have so we have an appointment with the previous surgeon to find out on June 8th. I will not hesitate to do another tplo asap this time.
Each dog is different so that is why researching your options is always best - good luck to you and Veronica