Saturday, August 6, 2011

It Takes a Village of Vets

The next morning (Thursday) we headed to Animal Hospital #3 to see Dr. G.  He reviewed Dr. C's x-rays and examined Riley.  He definitely thought that there was something there.  He decided to take more x-rays to see if they could see it from a different angle and also took one of her uninjured hock.  While Riley was having that done, the other orthopedic specialist at Animal Hospital #3 (Dr. C2) came in to have a look.  He agreed that something was there. 

Dr. G came back.  When compared to the uninjured hock, Dr. G felt we were definitely looking at a fracture.  However, it never moved.  No matter what position Riley's leg was placed in, the bone chip remained in place.  He decided this was not a surgical case and that we should just rest Riley for 2 months.

However, he was going to send the x-rays to Dr. Greyhound-Ortho-God (Dr. GOG for short) in Hollywood Florida for a second opinion..... actually the 9th, but who is counting?  I headed home relieved that we had avoided surgery.  I was sure that Dr. GOG would agree with Dr. G's strategy.
Around 5 PM, I get a call from Dr. G. He tells me that Dr. GOG has already looked at the x-rays.  He has seen six fractures similar to Riley's injury and has fixed all of them surgically.  The only problem is that this is the smallest one he had ever seen and he was not sure if a screw could be put into it.

I asked why they would want to save such a tiny sliver of bone.  It seems like it would be easier to just remove it.  The reason is that maintaining the integrity of the bone and keeping it as close to its original state as possible is the best way to minimize arthritis.   
Dr. G and I discussed the options.  We could splint it, but surgery offers the best bet for returning Riley's hock joint back to normal.  Dr. GOG has handled more racing greyhound orthopedic cases than anyone and it is generally agreed that he is the all mighty expert on the subject.  I had been willing to do surgery from the beginning.  Dr. GOG said surgery... it was a no brainer for me.

Off to surgery...

14 comments:

Angela J. said...

It's too bad it had to happen at all, but it seems like you have a lot of very caring and knowledgeable vets down there to help. Will you be taking her to Florida for surgery with Dr. GOG?

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Our paws are crossed for Riley...but it sounds like all those specialists have everything under control.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Sientay L said...

I was hoping Riley could avoid surgery,but if the mighty Dr. GOG says surgery is the way to go.. I hope all goes well. Will you be travelling down to Florida for Dr. GOG to do the surgery?

Granted Wishes Canines said...

I'm glad Dr. GOG said surgery will get her back to normal. I'm with you, surgery all the way -- she's a super athlete! I'll join in asking if you're going to have Dr. GOG do the surgery in FL?

Whatever happens, I wish Riley a speedy recovery!

Hiking Hounds said...

I'm glad your persistence paid off and you ended up getting the expert opinion. It's too bad Riley needs surgery though. I'll be thinking of her and hoping all goes well.

houndstooth said...

I think Riley just became the million dollar Greyhound! She's got a better team than most people do. Good luck to her on the surgery!

IHeartDogs said...

Fingers and paws crossed all goes well with the surgery and she is back to the agility ring soon!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

No, we did not have to go to FL for surgery. Dr. G was able to do it. I really do not understand why her case appeared to be so complex. But in the end surgery was the right answer. It went perfectly. The next post shows x-rays of the fix.

angelofthemind said...

I'm so sorry she needs surgery. We're crossing paws and fingers for a good operation, and swift recovery!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I'm not confused any more! Glad the surgery went well and hope the recovery goes perfectly too.

Michelle said...

Wow! It does take a village. Hope the surgery and recovery go smoothly!

Katie said...

It took me five vets, three of whom do cruciate repairs, to finally get a diagnosis on my pit bull's torn cruciate. You wouldn't have thought it would be so complicated, but I guess sometimes it is.

Best wishes to Riley for a successful surgery and an easy recovery!

andrea said...

YIKES

that's a lot of up and downs and stress

hang in there

jerZgirl said...

Best of luck in this journey! Hope Riley heals and you two can go back to doing what you love!