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Hi Folks !
Well it was a long day or us all yesterday. Left Co. Wexford at 6.30am and arrived in Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital Co.Cork a little after 9 for Lego's 9.30 appointment.
The orthopedic specialist had a really good look at him. Initially he was there for an arthroscopy procedure but after having another check of his older x-rays and a good feel of the shoulder area, the vet decided he didn't need to preform one as he could determine where the main problem area was. This was good news, as he wouldn't need to be cut !
Apparently he has damaged both the front and back of his shoulder. The lose bone fragment lies to the back but doesn't seem to be causing the pain & lameness. It's the torn tendon, which is becoming mineralised that's the biggest concern.
The vet decided to put Lego out & get 4 more new x-ray views of this area and try re-injecting him with depo-medrone, only this time into the front of the shoulder as opposed to last time, which was into the back of the joint. He only had to shave a relatively small area this time.
We have to wait and see now how long he will get out of this new steroid injection, however the vet has recommended that once it wears off that Legolas will need to come back to Cork for surgery and have the troublesome tendon cut out.
All in all we left Cork at about 3.30 and my poor baby...still very doped slept all the way home, until 6pm. The downside is that for the next two weeks he is only allowed out for two 10 min walks a day in the garden and on the lead !!! and all toilet breaks will also be on the lead...he must be kept quiet and calm at all times !!!! Good Lord...I can already hear the theme music to 'Mission Impossible' playing in my head...how on earth I'm going to manage this I'll never know :) Setters & a calm/quiet/sedantary lifestyle...just don'tt really go together ! at least I'm off for the two weeks (easter break) & can keep a very close eye on him.
So that's the up-date so far my friends...getting there but not quite over yet, there'll be a surgery in the future at some stage and hopefully after that we can all put it behind us :) xxx