The general estimate for the Lateral Suture procedure accounts for bloodwork the day of surgery, an IV catheter, fluids, anesthesia, the procedure, 2 weeks of post-operative medications (including pain medication, anti-inflammatory & antibiotics) the E-collar and recheck visit plus an initial rehabilitation session with Dr. Lewis. Essentially everything that normally occurs on surgery day.
The estimate does not include follow-up appointments or subsequent rehabilitation therapy visits. A general re-check appointment is $10. Medication refills vary in price dependent on your pet’s weight and post-operative needs. We offer different rehabilitation packages at a discounted price.
To learn more about the surgical procedure itself, please visit the following link to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons website: Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease
The video links below are helpful How To’s and What To Expect for post-op:
How To Pill Your Pup
How To Ice Your Pets Incision Site
How To Take Your Pet Out For A Potty Break
How To Put Together The “Cone of Shame”
- Folding Metal Dog Crate
- It’s imperative that you have a crate for your pet after surgery. Following a lateral suture surgery, our patients need to have strict crate restriction for a few weeks. Take into consideration that your pet will be wearing an e-collar the first 2 weeks after surgery. A good size is a crate in which your pet can stand up and turn around comfortably.
Financing your surgery:
We accept two options for payment plans: Care Credit and Scratch Pay. Please let us know if you need additional information on these services.
Crowd funding can be a great way to help with the financial aspects of a surgery.
Below are links to some gofundme.com fundraisers. People enjoy seeing x-rays and regular updates. Below are examples of what gets good attention on the sites.
Cricket The Kitty, Found In A Parking Lot
Pickles The Kitten, Emergency Amputation Needed
Cookie The Piglet, Found on Parmer Lane
Also, Share on your Facebook pages; friends and family can donate without an awkward “give me money” conversation.
Below are a few tricks/tips that may help during recovery after this type of surgery.
We recommend checking Amazon.com for a lot of these supplies before going to the store as you can typically get them much cheaper online.
Joint Supplements (optional):
- Platinum Performance: Platinum Performance Joint Support
- Synovi G3 or Synovi G4: Synovi Supplements on Amazon.com
Lupine (optional): Lupine Pet Collars, Leashes & Harness
- 2ft, 4ft or 6ft leashes are recommended for use following surgery – DO NOT USE a retractable leash.
- The Lupine company will replace collars, leashes or harnesses for free if they are damaged at any point during the ownership of this product, including if the pet chews them. You can return the remaining pieces to any store that sells their products and receive a new one.
- The also offer a short 9-inch leash in addition to regular 4ft & 6ft leashes
- Martingale Collars are useful as they prevent your pet from escaping/backing out of their collar and are easy to get on and off.
Other harnesses and aids (optional):
Although it is generally recommended that your pet ambulation on their own, the following can be very useful during recovery, helping you to lift and support your pet while they are adjusting to redistributing their weight:
- Ruffwear Webmaster Harness – Ruffwear Webmaster Harness
- Guardian Gear Lift & Lead- Guardian Gear 4 in 1 : Harness, Lift, Lead This harness available in XXXL sizes for 100+ lbs patients
- Ginger Lead Padded Belly Sling/Lead – Sling Support with Lead
Medication aids (optional):
- Pill Pockets (Amazon.com) typically has these pretty cheap, in a rush they can also be found in store at PetSmart or Petco); the duck flavor seems to be the most successful and typically easier on the tummy for sensitive systems
- Peanut Butter
- Kraft Singles Cheese Squares
- Cream Cheese
- Hot Dogs
- Pill “gun” or “popper” (tool to administer pills into your pet’s throat, bypassing tongue/mouth)