Spinal Cyst Saga: A New Chapter

“Well, he’s not dead.”

That’s the response the Husband received when he spoke to Moses’ surgeon this afternoon.  …Part of me is beginning to think that maybe spinal surgery is a little more risky and complicated than she initially lead us to believe.

I kid, of course.  But having gone into our last consultation with our minds really already made up does mean we had selective hearing with respect to some details.

Moses hydrating this morning - then it was off to the vet

And today was the big day.  We have now entered the period “Moses: AC” (After Cyst).

I don’t really have a lot of surgery details to report right now.  She went in through the top at the shoulders (rather than other surgical procedures, like for a disc problem, where they go in through the bottom) and had to make a large incision to get through all of the muscle in that area on a big dog.  And once she had cut into the vertebrae, apparently there was a lot of spinal fluid that came out, since there was such a blockage due to the cyst.  (Hats off to surgeons everywhere – not a job for just anyone!)

And now Moses is in post-op care; he’ll be their guest for the next couple of days.

The good news is that as soon as he woke up his tail was wagging, he can move his front legs and has already tried to sit up on his own.  (Key word: ‘tried’ – not there yet.)

Will we ever get back to this point:

 

Only time will tell.

But we are very happy that he made it through surgery and it’s now on to the recovery and rehabilitation process.

Thanks to all for your kind words and support throughout this whole thing!

(Video from last spring; Moses accompanies the Husband to work whenever possible – I wish my job had that perk!)

(Also, after uploading the video, it came to my attention that there’s another Newf out there on YouTube named Moses – is it ‘great minds’ or ‘mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery’? Hmm…)

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About ThatJenK
Writing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 90% pictures of my dogs; 10% miscellaneous opinions nobody asked for.

17 Responses to Spinal Cyst Saga: A New Chapter

  1. “Refuah shelaimah”– Hebrew (Moses’s native tongue, no?) for “You should have a complete recovery.” From the bottom of my heart.

    • thatjenk says:

      If Moses’ guardian had stuck with her University Hebrew classes, she might have even known that – but alas, at an 8:00am schedule, it was not to be.

      Thank you for the well wishes. It will be nice to have the big guy home again.

  2. kenzohw says:

    Woohoo! We cheer for Moses and hope for a speedy recovery!

  3. 2browndawgs says:

    Glad Moses made it through the surgery and hoping now for a speedy recovery. Go Moses!

  4. Kismutt says:

    Happy to hear that Moses had such a successful recovery!!

  5. Kristine says:

    I am so glad the surgery went well and he is on the road to feeling better. The wagging tail I would take as a very positive sign of things to come. I hope as I type this he has already improved massively since you wrote the post.

    That video is so cute. It’s not easy for a big dog to climb up on that stump with all four paws. Perhaps he’ll make an agility star yet!

  6. Jen says:

    I am so glad t hear that Moses is out of surgery and it went well. Wishing you both a speedy but safe recovery!

  7. furfilled says:

    Sending you positive thoughts for a full recovery for Moses… Hugs.

  8. hi, i found your blog through the My Brown Newfies Versatile Blogger Award post. i am so glad to hear that moses has come out of surgery with a waggy tail. i hope that things are continuing to progress nicely. i’m definitely going to go back and read his whole cyst story. best of luck with everything! stay positive!

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