Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Day After Surgery


Well, it's the day after Bailey came home from her CCL repair surgery. Poor girl looks miserable (and I'm sure she is). Last night was rough. She definitely had some bad pain for awhile that even the morphine and percodan couldn't mask. I felt awful for her.

Some good news - the vet said her x-rays were great! She has awesome hips and her knees show no sign of arthritis. All bodes well for a successful recovery for her. Her ligament had been completed severed (ok, his words were that it looked like it exploded... ugh), but there was no damage at all to her meniscus. I'm relieved that she's over this first hurdle.

Today she's been quiet and dozing off and on. Since she (and I) only had a few hours sleep last night, I'm glad to see her resting now. She has a lot of difficulty maneuvering around, which is understandable. Lying down and getting back up is quite an ordeal for her. Taking her out for bathroom breaks has been challenging. I keep her on the leash both outside and in the house, to keep her from moving around too much.

Here is a closer view of the surgical site on her leg... the first photo is right after I got her home from surgery. The second photo was taken today and it already is showing some improvement with the level of swelling and redness. Those staples look painful.




3 comments:

Christy said...

Good news... those staples really don't hurt when they come out (as long as you're still)! From experience... :-) Glad she's doing well today!

Stuart said...

You're right, it does look much better in the second one. Hopefully that progress will continue.

Laurie said...

The incision site looks great - nice approximations on the incision and the staples look good. He did a good job! Christy is right - the staples come out easily with the remover. T-12 weeks and counting.....