We measure our success in recoveries. For many patients that will mean full health and a return to complete range of motion. For others with more complicated diagnoses our goal is to help them regain comfortable and happy lives. We thank our patients and their families for sharing these recovery stories and helping provide reassurance and hope.
Although every recovery story is unique, Sabriel’s outcome is typical of the success possible with total hip replacement surgery. We watch many patients who come in with painful, arthritic conditions recover to become playful, active dogs and cats.
Huck (Huckleberry) came to Edinger Surgical Options with rear legs bowed way out from his body and he couldn't walk normally. Huck tired easily with activities and would often choose to lie down rather than play. Gradually and over time, his hunched appearance and reluctance to be active increased, so his family sought our specialists for an evaluation.
Ziva came to Edinger Surgical Options at the end of May 2019 because she had been limping on her right rear limb, periodically for about a month. Ziva’s family noticed her reluctance to jump on and off of furniture, that she would sometimes hold up the right rear limb, and when her family would pick her up, they perceived her kneecap to be moving in and out of place.
On physical exam our surgeons noted that both of Ziva’s patellas (kneecaps) moved medially (toward the inside) of her knee, a problem known as Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL).
Lacey and her family came to Edinger Surgical Options in July 2018, when she was about 9 months old. Lacey had jumped out of a truck 3 weeks prior to her appointment, fracturing the growth plate in her distal radius. A fracture such as this can easily be missed, especially if it is not displaced. The damage to her growth plate was enough to cause her right front leg to begin growing crooked, with her toes pointing out to the right. This caused Lacey to either hold up her right front leg, or limp heavily while she would walk. Eventually her leg became very crooked.
Koda and his family came to see Dr. Edinger in March of 2017. Having been diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia when he was a puppy, Koda had gradually developed more osteoarthritis. His family had been managing his hip osteoarthritis for a couple of years with anti-inflammatories and narcotics , but this was no longer keeping him comfortable.
You may recognize Crash as the dog “crashing” through the water on our homepage! In the summer of 2016 Crash began limping on his left rear limb after playing with his housemate. He returned to normal with a few days of rest, but about a month later after a field test he began limping on his right rear limb. Once again with a few days of rest, Crash returned to normal. Crash and his mom continued to train, but every once-in-a-while, she would notice that things were not quite right with Crash.
When Scruffy was found underneath a house in Tennessee, he had a broken left femur, a broken right tibia, and both of his cranial cruciate ligaments (CCL) were torn. It was October 2015 and he appeared to be about three years old. Fetch Wisconsin, a local rescue group, brought him to Wisconsin the following month.
Ava started limping on her right front leg when she was about 6 months old. She would occasionally hold up her right front leg, especially after rough play, and on walks she was bobbing her head.
Fen came to see Dr. Edinger in January 2010 because of sudden right rear limb lameness after playing fetch. He was a very active 2 year old Boykin Spaniel and loved running and hunting at home. He had previously had some trouble with the left knee, but it seemed to go away with rest and activity restrictions.