What can I expect for recovery from my dog’s cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) surgery?

Question: 

What can I expect for recovery from my dog’s cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) surgery?

Answer: 

Recovery after surgery is gradual. The general time frame is that most are weight bearing with an obvious lameness by 1-2 weeks. By 6-8 weeks, the vast majority are doing well but still may not be back to normal. Usually, complete recovery takes about 4-6 months. Exercise restrictions generally are graduated over 3-4 week intervals for the first 12 weeks and are more strict early on. These vary per patient and the procedure so the surgeon will cover that during the consultation. Each patient recovers at a different rate and requires varying levels of basic physical therapy up through advanced regimens using a rehab facility.

In conjunction with your regular veterinarian, a Board-Certified Veterinarian is the best clinician to treat your dog's CCL injury. The closest ExpertVet certified hospital to you is listed at the bottom of this page. For additional locations, click here.