Knee surgery for pit bull and alternatives
My two year old pit started limping occasionally on her left leg about 3 weeks ago. We took her to the vet and she thinks she tore a ligament in her knee.
The vet put her on pain meds and recommended x rays (we couldn't afford them at the time). Now she is limping on both legs and having trouble walking. We are taking her to the vet tomorrow for x rays.
Does anyone have any information about knee surgery? Are there alternative options to getting surgery? I read about certain vitamins that may help her. Does anyone know anything about this? Please help!!!!!
Thank you, RyanGale's Reply:
I did some quick research on this since I haven't had any direct experience with any of my dogs having knee surgery. Here's what I found.
Knee surgery is a very common surgical procedure for dogs. In fact, it's done 5 times more often for dogs than for humans. In 2003, over a million dogs had an ACL repair procedure.
The cost can vary greatly depending on the type and extent of damage to be repaired and the customary charges for the area in which you live. I found online estimates ranging from $1000 to $5000. I've heard of this surgery costing as much as $7500.
What I found to be shocking is that the effectiveness is not what you might hope. Insurance companies are starting to questions the efficacy of knee surgeries because at least one study has shown that only 20% of dogs receiving knee surgery actually improved within 6 months of the procedure. Be sure to ask your vet about the success rate of any procedure she recommends.
Alternatives: Depending on the extent of the problem, there may be other solutions. These won't necessarily repair current damage. But, they may keep your dog mobile and relatively pain free.
1. External Knee Brace
2. Injectable Adequan (requires a Rx)
3. Oral chondroprotective supplements like Glucosamine and Chondroitin
4. Pain meds as prescribed by your vet.
There are probably other possibilities that my research didn't uncover. Be sure to ask your vet about these an any other alternatives she can offer.
Good luck with this and please let us know how things turn out.