It was about 10 years ago when my big, beautiful, black cat Jorge had the same procedure, ironically also on the left knee. He too was confined for six weeks, but he had to lug around a big old cast as well. Thankfully, Tiny avoided that unfortunate aspect. Maybe technology has evolved over the years to his advantage.
While Jorge's leg healed just fine and resulted in only the least bit of a limp, when he would sit, the leg would jut out at an angle rather than align with his body. Actually, it just served to make him even cuter.
I asked the doctor performing Tiny's surgery if this would be the case for him as well. She said that it would and explained that while the original knee ligament is internal, the surgical replacement runs along the outside of the joint causing it to pull to the side when the animal is seated. Completely normal and to be expected. I appreciated the explanation.
Well, lo and behold I was thinning out a box of old photos the other day and came across this.
My beloved post-surgery Jorge and Tiny Man when he was still tiny! How precious is that? I just had to share.
Jorge has a pretty special story himself. One day I'll have to dig through more photos, scan a few to post and tell you all about the boy.