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    I thought I would start a thread for lilly....my 11 month old chocolate lab puppy.

    In august last yr she went slightly lame, over the next month or 2 she progressively got worse. The vet originally diagnosed a strain, later on they xray and said it was soft tissue.....I later found out they xrayed the wrong leg.
    I finally now have a diagnosis of fragmented crondroid process or elbow dysplasia and have been recommended surgery.

    Lilly has never been fat, over walked, isnt one for jumping at all EVER and comes from a reputable breeder and lines with good scores. I got seriously unlucky!

    So she goes in tomorrow for the operation at Rosewrthy vet clinic in sa, and has been given a 75% chance of improvement. 50% total improvment 25 some 25 no change.....they have said there may be some form of arthritis already present and she will need to be treated for it. She is already on a joint sup from an early age but has also started on fish oil.

    I have just looked at stem cell therapy, and am going to look at using that for treating the arthritis.

    So wish us luck, I will update as we go...........

    Any any tips on keeping a sensitive lab puppy amused while confined would be greatly appreciated!

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    Hey good luck. My girl was diagnosed with possible ED at 9 months old when a CT scan showed minor arthritic changes compared to a scan taken at 5 months old after bouts of limping. ED is often not easy to diagnose. I asked my ortho to go in an investigate which he recommended even though it wasnt confirmed and she had bilateral surgery where they removed fragments from her coronoid process and we got a confirmed diagnosis.

    I was very fortunate in that when they got in there the cartilage in her joints were virtually undamaged. She is now 4 years old and has never been lame since the surgery. I took 12 months to make sure that the damaged areas had had plenty of time to resurface on advice form my ortho. We did lots of swimming and non impact exercise.

    She now runs agility - jumping trials but I dont do contact work with her. She is very active and leads a completely normal life.

    I have several friends I met on the ED yahoo group and one of their dogs had moderate arthritis at the time of surgey and some years later is still doing really well, running and playing and chasing his ball.

    Another had a much worse outcome after surgery as she was a little older and had extensive arthritis, and she went on to have a sliding osteotomy to change the dynamics of the elbow joint and stem cell therapy and is doing well.

    If you get it early before any major damage to the joint is done I think the prognosis is much better.

    Good luck. I have had two ED dogs so know what you are going through. It is not an easy one to guess the outcome but the earlier you address the situation the better the chances are depending on the nature of the instability.

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    Thank you so much for your repy. It is great to hear some success stories before she goes in. And wow what an awsome success story it is!

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    Good luck Lillylovely. I had my boy treated for hip dysplasia & arthritis late last year using stem cell therapy, and the results have been out of this world. My vet wanted to operate on the hips but the cost was something i couldn't afford at the time.
    I was put on to the stem cell company from a lady in our club, so i did my research and went with it. Even the vet was surprised at the end results, and now preforms stem cell therapy at his clinic. I dropped him off in the morning, the vet took some fat and blood from him and injected the stem cells back into his hips & joints a couple of hours later. I had 4 injections all up and i think from memory they put some stem cells in by IV. He is no longer on any medication and moves around pain free. I highly recommend you look into it. If you would like any info or contacts, I would love to help.

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    Well My katy is going in for different Surgery, but surgery just the same...Sometimes i think it is just bad luck. When you have done everything by the book. I hope all goes well..I have also read-up on stem-cells, not suitable for my dogs injury, but sounds great for some of the others...What did we do without the internet
    Pets are forever

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    Good luck newfsie. Can I ask what surgery Katy is having?

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    Lilly had her op on monday, brought her home tuesday

    She has a huge limp. They found a fragment in the left elbow so opened up the right to have a look ( as normally if there is in one there is in the other) but the right was perfect. There is slight arthritic changes in the left, but at this stage he doesnt think stem cell treatment is nesecary, maybe later on, but we will see how she goes. She will start a course of pentasan on monday.
    Vet is very optimistic that she will regain alot of function and should be able to lead a fairly normal and full life.

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    Great new, LL! I wish Lilly a speedy recovery.

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    Hugs to Lilly. It's a traumatic process for you as well! I hope you can all get back to normal soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lillylovely View Post
    Lilly had her op on monday, brought her home tuesday

    She has a huge limp. They found a fragment in the left elbow so opened up the right to have a look ( as normally if there is in one there is in the other) but the right was perfect. There is slight arthritic changes in the left, but at this stage he doesnt think stem cell treatment is nesecary, maybe later on, but we will see how she goes. She will start a course of pentasan on monday.
    Vet is very optimistic that she will regain alot of function and should be able to lead a fairly normal and full life.
    Sounds very promising. As I said my girl had several fragments removed form each elbow even though she only ever limped on one. She does agility and is extremely fit and active so although it is one of those things that differes with each dog it sounds like Lilly has a good outlook. You got it early before too much damage was done so all good hopefully.

    Take plenty of time for rehab, the damaged area needs time to heal and resurface. I was very conservative.

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