The following story and questions came from reader Nina through our Contact Page. I haven’t had any experience with these problems, so I’m hoping that some of our readers can help answer some of Nina’s questions.
My Boxer mix had tight rope surgery on his knee April 2010. I did all the slow rehabilitation like the vet requested. His knee still gave him problems and after several more vet visits has been placed on anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medications which do not seem to help. Recently a digital x-ray showed that two things may be the problem:
- The hardware is causing an infection that will not go away unless the hardware is taken out
- The cushioning in between the joints is damaged
Either way I was told the hardware must come out. Then the possibility of repairing the knee with the top of the line hardware with all the metal may be needed. How can the hardware cause an infection that no antibiotic will help and if its the hardware causing the infection how can another piece of hardware be different? Also is there anything else I can do to help this poor dogs knee besides another costly surgery and more hardware?
My guesses were as follows: the only way that the hardware could cause an infection is if the hardware that was placed inside the knee during surgery was not sterile. If that were the case, then the veterinarian would be responsible for cost/replacement/etc. Other than surgery, the typical options are conservative management, weight management, drugs and medications, and/or dietary supplements.