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PAUL surgery

Postby StFrost » Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:55 pm

Our just over 1 year old Britany has been diagnosed with elbow dysplasia (right front). Doctor does not know if it is congenital or due to injury, but that is beside the point.

Recommendation is Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL) surgery, or at least an arthroscopy to clean out the area. Based on my own research, it seems that he would probably need another arthroscopy in a few years if we went that route.

As anyone else done either surgery? What are your thoughts here? Any other routes I can take? I have started him on fish oil and glucosamine which did wonders with our last two geriatric dogs (10-12 years old) and (10-17 years old).

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Re: PAUL surgery

Postby Barb Wright » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:47 am

Have had no personal experience with this problem, but unless you have total confidence in your vet, I think I'd want a second opinion before making a decision. The variables in this affliction need careful and experienced consideration. Wish I had some more helpful ideas.
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Re: PAUL surgery

Postby Cindy » Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:03 pm

I don't know anything about this type of surgery either but I think I'd go with a second opinion too.
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Re: PAUL surgery

Postby StFrost » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:55 pm

He has seen three vets since January--all three recommended the arthroscopy. The x-rays were also sent down to Seattle to a specialist who suggested the same thing. The last vet is only one of two who can perform the PAUL surgery in Washington state, but we will need to go to BC for it. Luckily, since he is young, the surgery is not imperative yet and we will see how the glucosamine and fish oil do. I am also going to look into physical therapy for him, but research shows this does not work most of the time for this kind of injury.

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Re: PAUL surgery

Postby Barb Wright » Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:04 pm

Well, you certainly have done your due diligence :) It feels like you have a good plan in mind....hoping the nutritional approach will help a lot, maybe enough to forego invasive surgery. Keep us posted on the progress, always like to learn what works and what doesn't.
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