Elbow wound won't stay closed

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Candie In- Loving- Memory

Candie - I love all my- people and Dixie
Barked: Wed May 7, '08 6:15pm PST 
I had surgery 3 weeks ago - I had an encapsulated sac that kept getting full of fluid so it was removed from my elbow. Vet stitched me up, but after 10 days the wound split wide open. He stitched me again on Saturday to fix that. By Wednesday, my MOM changed the bandage and noticed it was open again, so last night I had to sleep over at the vet and he gave me super duper stitches. Is this because it's in such a bendable spot? My vet won't cast me. I'm an old ladywith bad allergies. The stairs are a problem but I only go up at night and down in the morning. Help!http://www.dogster.com/forums/post.php#
Angel, CGC

Frisbee- please!!!
Barked: Wed May 7, '08 8:33pm PST 
I think it is because of the location. The skin on the elbows is pretty thin and it has to move and stretch a lot when the dog moves. Angel had a tumor type things removed on the side of her leg near her paw and the stitches came out there. I did some "home medicine" and got some wound closure strips and pulled the incision back together and then bandaged it up (after disinfecting of course) and it healed together fine. It sounds like you might have more trouble though. Maybe it would be possible for the vet to pull the skin tight on the sides to give more "slack" at the incision site? I definitely am no vet, but it would not hurt to ask what your options are. It should only take about 2 days for the wound to start to grow back together.

Good luck!!!
Candie In- Loving- Memory

Candie - I love all my- people and Dixie
Barked: Mon May 12, '08 2:03pm PST 
Thank you.

Unfortunately, I needed emergency surgery yesterday - reconstructive surgery on my elbow. The surgeon, a specialist, told my mom that the original vet NEVER should have done the first surgery to remove the encapsulated cyst precisely because of what you said - it's a tough spot to heal and the "cyst" as it was, although large, would have gone away once my folks stopped me from lying on a hard floor/surface. Now I'm stuck on doggie beds and carpet, which I hate, because my allergies are so bad I prefer cold, hard surfaces. http://www.dogster.com/forums/post.php#

Wish me luck. It's raining like cats and dogs (ha ha) and I can't get my soft cast wet AT all. I appreciate your thoughts.


wigley- quigley,the- quigster
Barked: Mon May 12, '08 2:07pm PST 
Hi Candie, sorry to hear you are having such a tough time with your elbow. I hope it gets better soon . dog

Dog About- Rosedale

Barked: Mon May 12, '08 2:22pm PST 
Wow, sorry to hear about all the trouble. Glad to hear the specialist could help. There are many good vets out there but for most surgeries outside of speuters many don't have a lot of surgical experience. I know that of the vets I worked with (there were two) the first one never did any surgeries (wasn't his interest) but his partner did the surgeries in the clinic. He was a very good surgeon but also knew when something was outside of his scope. We had travelling specialists come in for ortho, plastic etc or sent the animals to a referral clinic.
I hope the healing happens quickly for you!

I'm Just Little- On The OUTSIDE!
Barked: Mon May 12, '08 3:25pm PST 
Hi Candie!
Maybe you could have your people look into a bed like this...
a nd see if they think you would be interested. It is a cooling bed- there are a few different kinds if you look them up, this one is called Cool Bed III.
Hope you are feeling better and heal up very quickly!!
Candie In- Loving- Memory

Candie - I love all my- people and Dixie
Barked: Mon May 12, '08 5:18pm PST 
Thanks so much. I will check that site out. My mom bought me and Dixie beds that warm (Dixie loves hers; I won't go near mine!!!), so maybe the cooling one will do the trick. I'm hanging in there right now; I don't like being confined to one room but my whole family is keeping me company and I'm never alone.http://www.dogster.com/forums/post.php#
Candie In- Loving- Memory

Candie - I love all my- people and Dixie
Barked: Sun May 18, '08 4:17pm PST 
Well, I have great news! I'm not supposed to go dancing, but the surgeon (we love her!!) told me that I don't need my cast anymore. Yippee! I have to stay "quiet" - no running or jumping, but honestly, I don't do that anymore. I'm limited to the amount of steps I can do each day, but at least I get to sleep with my folks now!! Surgeon said that once my fur grows in, no one will ever see my scar. I'm just not allowed to lay on hard floors anymore. I did get that cooling bed and I don't mind it at all.

Thanks for all the well wishes! CANDIE

Gotta Respect- The Nug
Barked: Sun May 18, '08 6:45pm PST 
Hello! I am so sorry to hear about all your troubles; I am guessing that what you originially had removed was a hygroma. I am so glad that you have found such a good and trustworthy surgeon!

For people who come to our practice with hygromas, we always tell them about a lady who owns a company called Dog Leggs (www.dogleggs.com). She makes all sorts of wonderful things, but she has specific 'braces', I don't know what else to call them, but they are soft and comfy to prevent/help treat hygromas.

I cannot speak for other people, but our clients have had 100% success with her product. The dogs seem to actually like the braces and don't bother them.

Since hygromas like to reform, it might be worth looking into! I hope you continue to have a smooth recovery!
Raven RIP- 9/17/97-12/1- 6/08

Running free- with Daddy at- the Bridge
Barked: Sun May 18, '08 6:56pm PST 
Boy do I know about crummy vet visits. Sorry you had to go through so much, but I'm so glad that you like your new bed. Mommy bought be an orthopedic foam bed, but I prefer the cheapo fiber-filled Costco bed.

Hope you keep healing up just fine.
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