Golden Retriever
Age 12

Max tore his cranial cruciate ligament in one of his knees, this is the ligament that helps stabilise the knee joint and stops it slipping about. Max underwent surgery on his knee (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy - TPLO) that involved using metal to stabilise the knee joint. The vets deemed that the other knee would also need to be done once he had recovered from the first surgery as this looked quite unstable as well.

Max began by coming for hydrotherapy twice a week and his dedicated owner commenced a home exercise programme that aimed to increase strength in the back legs and improve range of movement in the knee joint. He also received some LASER therapy to help reduce inflammation and promote healing of the surgical site.

Max took really well to the water and used his leg really well in the water. He now has full movement and strength back in the leg. Max's vets are so pleased with how the other leg is doing he now won't have to have further surgery for the time being. Max is back to his normal walks and still enjoys coming every three weeks for maintenance hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions so we can keep an eye on the back legs and get on top of any problems quickly.
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