Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Surgery

The next morning (Friday, July 29th), I dropped Riley off for surgery.  At 4 PM, Dr. G explained to me that surgery went perfectly.  The bone chip was in one piece and more substantial than he had predicted.  He was able to put a mini-screw into it and post-op x-rays reveled that it was anchored exactly where he wanted it.  Dr. G could not have been happier with the procedure and that Dr. GOG was absolutely right about surgery being the correct choice.  Awesome!
Can you see the tiny screw in the x-rays above and below?
The titanium screw was so tiny.  He showed me one and it reminded me of a screw you use to fix eyeglasses except it was longer. 
I was also emailed a picture of the surgery.  It was probably meant for Dr. C's eyes (my vet), but the vet tech sent them all to me as well.  CLICK HERE if you want to see it.  I think it looks like cloth napkins covering up some meat being pulled apart with shrimp forks. It is hard to believe someone would know where to place a screw.  X-rays make bones seem so clean and white, but they are actually covered in tissues you have to work around or cut through.
Riley had an uneventful evening of sleeping mostly.  We have six weeks of NO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.  Activity is restricted to potty breaks only.  It is hard to do when you have a very physically fit dog that is used to running, hiking, training, and/or doing agility everyday.  We never sit home for more than one day at a time and never more than once or twice a month.  If I am having an off day, I still take them for a 30 - 60 minute walk to take the edge off.  At least by the time you read this, we will have only 4 and half weeks to go. 

11 comments:

Jennifer H. said...

Lots and lots of speedy and uneventful recovery vibes on the way for Riley!!! {{{{{{{{{}}}}}}}

Mad Red Hare said...

Glad things went well. It is hard keeping them calm when they don't want to be! Will look forward to updates.

angelofthemind said...

So happy to hear that things went well! Hopefully she won't get too stir-crazy while she's recovering.

houndstooth said...

I am so glad that the surgery went well! It really is hard to keep them down, too. I don't envy you that part! I'm betting that she'll be able to get back in shape rather quickly though, given how young and in shape she is.

IHeartDogs said...

Hope you heal up quickly Riley <3

Hiking Hounds said...

I bet she'll look like the last picture in no time! Sending lots of healing thoughts.

gyeong said...

Glad the surgery went well. Pretty cool to see the results digitally.

Muttsandaklutz said...

Rest up Riley... or, rest down... and heal up! Only 4 and a half weeks left!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Is the bone chip expected to heal up? I hope Riley's recovery is going smoothly and that the next 4 1/2 weeks fly by:)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Yes, bone chip is expected to heal. The screw makes sure it is firmly in place during the healing process and it reduced healing from 8 weeks to 6 weeks. The screw will likely stay in for life unless it starts to bother her. But 95% of them will stay in place.

IHateToast said...

before you know it, she'll be giving up fitness for reality dog shows, such as My Big Fat Gypsy Dog Show.