Lizzie the Labrador is a lacrosse player playing in a big game today! But, in the last three minutes of the game, disaster strikes. Lizzie the Labrador falls and feels a sharp pain in her knee. At first, she thinks she’s fractured her patella.
Lizzie the Labrador’s knee continues to hurt, and she is experiencing prepatellar bursitis, so her mom takes her to see an orthopaedic doctor (a doctor that specializes in bone and muscle injuries) named Dr. BearBones.
At the doctor’s office, Dr. BearBones told Lizzie the Labrador the pain in her knee is called arthralgia. Before the doctor can diagnose her, Lizzie the Labrador needs to take an MRI of her knee.
Dr. Bear Bone's Doctor's Office
Dr. BearBones said Lizzie the Labrador would need a special type of surgery known as arthroscopy to repair her ACL. The doctor recommended to have the surgery in one week to prevent arthrofibrosis.
After the MRI, Dr. Bear Bones informed Lizzie the Labrador that she tore her anterior cruciate ligament. Dr. BearBones said she was lucky the injury didn’t also harm her meniscus.
Dr. BearBones explained the surgery, and said that Lizzie the Labrador would be put under anesthesia and wouldn’t feel pain. Then, the surgeon is going to insert an arthroscope into her knee and replace the torn ligament with an autograft instead of an allograft.
The autograft comes from Lizzie the Labrador’s hamstring tendon. After the ligament is reconstructed, the incision is closed and bandaged, and the healing process begins.
The surgery takes two to three hours and Lizzie wakes up feeling groggy and nauseous.
On the day of Lizzie the Labrador’s surgery, she is nervous. She goes into the hospital, and the doctors come in to start her procedure. She falls asleep after the doctors put an intravenous (IV) central line in her forearm.
Lizzie the Labrador’s surgery is very successful. She makes sure to take care of her incisions to prevent infection, and goes to a physiatrist for physical therapy twice a week. After about nine months, Lizzie the Labrador has made a full recovery and is back on the lacrosse field!