Frenchie is awake and officially in recovery! His nurse reports that he was able to stand and walk a little this morning and that he is able to go potty on his own (which is a wonderful sign).
The problem was indeed a ruptured cervical disc. The surgeon said the disc had some serious calcification which means it would have taken only a simple, every day action like running, jumping or playing to cause it to rupture. He said there was no way to predict or prevent this from happening. He removed the ruptured disc as well as a second disc that also suffered severe calcification and was likely to rupture in the future.
Frenchie suffered some pretty serious sinus bleeding during the surgery, so the surgeon was forced to close early. There was some concern that he may have to do a second surgery today, but since he is doing so well, that is unnecessary. We are very relieved.
The best news is that the surgeon expects a full recovery. It will be at least 4-5 days until Frenchie can come home and then he’ll have a long recovery and rehab period. We will also have to be vigilant about preventing any future damage, which likely means regular trips for doggie chiropractic care and acupuncture. But that seems like a small price to pay to keep such an important member of our family healthy and pain-free.
We are so incredibly relieved and happy with his results so far. And we are a bit overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we received from our friends. We are lucky indeed.