Mags is doing pretty good considering. Her appetite is great, she is able to walk a little bit, she is using the litter box pretty good, there is just one problem..........she didn't sleep a wink last night and kept us up until 2:30. Well 2:30 is the last time I looked at the clock. She just didn't want to go to sleep. I don't think she ever fell asleep! We tried everything. We moved her from her large crate to her soft-sided carrier, then back to the crate, then back to the carrier. All she wanted to do was chew on her bandages, which is a big no-no, and try to claw her way out of the crate. We put the collar on her...... she either maneuvered her way out of it or got it stuck in her mouth. We tried bitter apple again, and no luck.
Dr. W said that Maggie's legs were twisted, the left worse than the right. He had to deepen the groove that the patella rides in, move and pin the tibial crest in place, and not only use absorbing sutures, but polyester like non-absorbing sutures to keep the patella in place. Maggie's tibial crest (the bony prominence unto which the patella tendon attaches below the knee) was way out of position, so it was cut, transposed and pinned into the correct position. The pins will not need to come out. He also told me something very comforting.......we did nothing to cause the first repair to fail. I have beat myself up over that since last week when we found out it had fell out of correct position. I kept thinking..... was it when I tried to put Maggie in the crate and she freaked out and ran off??? Did I let her out of the crate too much??? I had so much guilt, nice to know it was not our fault. It happened and now it is corrected. Any way you look at it, Maggie was going to need a second surgery anyway, since her right knee ("good" knee) began luxating shortly after the first surgery.