Most dogs require very little aftercare when using this technique. Your dog will usually stay one night after surgery and go home the next day with pain medication, a joint supplement, and antibiotics. Skin staples are removed in 10 - 14 days.
Leash walking and careful monitoring to avoid slipping is critical for 4 weeks.Physiotherapy is not needed in most cases and 90 % normal function returns in 4 - 6 weeks.
There may be a slight discomfort after exercise for 2-5 months, but it is often difficult for owners to remember which leg had surgery.
For overweight dogs, a plan is formulated for weight loss as the other knee is at risk for ACL rupture as well.
IMAGE: "Kosmo" Post-op at 1 year and 6 months - ACL surgery both legs.