In my post about my dogs’ mystery injury, I explain that 1 of my dogs had a subtle and hard to diagnose knee ligament injury and that after a lot of hunting around for information, I opted to have surgically “repaired”. At the time, it was presented to me by all authorities that ligaments cannot heal properly. Recently though, I attended a seminar where Canapp presented his successes healing dogs with 50% or less damage of ligament injuries. (You can hunt them down at VOSM). According to Sherman, they arrived at the 50% severity cutoff in order to have enough successful cases in their first studies. However, there is quite possibly hope for even greater damage to be healed.
The regenerative techniques involve a multi-pronged approach. They are able to go in arthroscopically and, if I remember correctly, treat the area with a laser and get the tissue to tighten up. In conjunction, they are using PRP as a scaffold for the BMC (bone marrow stem cells) with the result of successfully activating this area that normally does not have adequate bloodflow and supply of nutrients to repair itself. There’s a lot more to it than I can do justice. My priority with putting this post out is to make sure that anyone looking for this information knows there’s not only hope, but that regenerative medicine has advanced to a degree that it is likely the superior course of action at this time.
I’m really upset that I have a dog with altered angles to her knees. I can see how it has changed her structure. As a rule, I try not to disturb Nature. Nature knows more than we can with our reductionist techniques and it is lamentable how many surgeries are performed in society today which fail to heal the patient’s problematic causes while saddling them with side effects. So often people do not have the best information and the operating doctor/vet is trusted implicitly as an authority, though too many are not practicing functional medicine.
Now I struggle with fallout from that operation in spite of the fact that I had the best surgeon I could find and the surgery went very well. I tried to make the best decision for her and in spite of my reluctance to opt for surgery. There are times when surgery is the best option…I’m afraid this may not have been one of them.