Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Maggie Is Recovering

Maggie had her right hip replaced this morning, and we just got the word that it went well.  One thing I did not expect was that the doctor said her bone, the femur, was atrophied as well as the muscle so he had to enclose the top of the femur in a wire cage to keep the bone from fracturing around the implant.  We could see that her muscle had shrunk a lot but did not realize that she was putting so much weight on her front legs that she also lost bone mass.  He assures us it will return as she uses that leg again.  I will be laying carpet scraps around my tile floor in the kitchen to keep her from losing traction in there, and we got a Mastiff-sized wire cage to kennel her in when we leave the house, so we are ready for her return and the recovery process.  It is going to be a long 6 weeks with no swimming and no walks but it will be wonderful when she is healed.  

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