This morning, we brought Scarlett home from FHO surgery. We are so happy to have her back– even though she is acting a bit crabby and dramatic, we’re blaming it on the meds. Scarlett’s surgeon told us her leg was much worse than he thought and prepared us for a long road of recovery. First though, our princess gets to relax– for a whole week!
In FHO surgery, they shave off the “head” and “neck” of the leg bone- where the leg connects with the pelvis- and put the leg back into the correct position. Instead of replacing the head of the leg bone, it is left to strengthen and develop scar tissue and muscle that acts as a replacement. Depending on size, age and physical rehabilitation, dogs can recover 60-95% (and currently, Bethany is showing us that percentage may be 100%!).
Though her recovery will involve the same steps as Chelsea and Bethany, Scarlett’s will take longer because she’s an adult and weighs more than 50 lbs. We’re not worried about it but we can tell this is going to be no walk in the park like Bethany’s– for instance, she has not put her leg down once since we got home. Still, if Scarlett is one thing, she’s a tough little cookie and she’ll be just fine! She also had her rotten canine removed; thankfully the other one in question has sealed over and is fine for now. When Scarlett’s FHO surgery rehabilitation is complete, she will finally be 100% healthy. WOOHOOOOO 🙂
Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement and support during this crazy time and a special thank you to everyone who contributed to Scarlett’s ChipIn! We’re sorry we haven’t been more active in reading and commenting– our lives have seriously gone to the dogs lately 🙂 We hope you all have a terrific rest of the weekend!
♦Read more about FHO surgery in our Surgery & Rehabilitation section♦