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08 Feb 2004

Dachsie second spinal op
Hi Doc

I wrote to you a while ago - my little Dachsie (age9.5) underwent spinal surgery owing to a disc rupture and cord compression. Five months later - same problem - the disc below and another op. Why has this happened so soon after the first surgery ? Is this a question of "this happens" or it may have been missed, first time round ? This time they had to do a laminectomy and the vet reported that my dog was bleeding a lot during the surgery - the response was - "it's an individual thing - some may bleed a lot" - should I be satisfied with this answer or request further investigation ? My doggie is 3rd day post op today and still unable to urinate on her own - is this normal ? Obviously if this doesn't correct itself, this could pose as a chronic medical problem. Is it early days still or do we need to start thinking that she may need regular bladder expressions - ensuring that someone is home every few hours (obviously initially post surgery this is a given that someone will be with her 24/7). I am so disappointed - her recovery post the first op was superb and now we are back to square one - infact worse off as she had bladder control first day post op the last time.

Thank you
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01 Jan 0001

I am sorry to hear about the repeat problem. Dogs that are prone to this problem may develop it several times, and it is not unusual for dogs to need to be operated on more than once during their lifetimes. It is not a question of the problem being missed the first time round, this is a new problem, a new disk. As far as the complications are concerned, the level of dysfunction of the spinal cord depends on many things, including the severity of the slipped disc, the amount of pressure that the slipped disc exerted on the spinal cord, the amount of swelling and haemorrhage in the spinal cord caused by the slipped disk, and the amount of pressure that ultimately developed in the spinal cord. Surgical complications including haemorrhage may also have an effect, and yes, individuals do vary. Your vet will be the best one to tell you when it is time to become concerned, he obviously does this fairly often and has done this successfully for you before. It is best that you all work together now for the benefit of the patient.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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