My kitty just had this surgery today
I noticed my little one limping last night and just nurtured him through the night. This morning when he was still limping I took him to my vet who refered me to an orthopedic vet to perfrom the surgery.
The doctor called this evening and he came through the surgery great and the outlook is good. 95-100% of normal! I know how hard it is to make this decision but I would rather have my kitty than the money.
He is really a mama's cat. I found him out in our pasture, he was 5 months old and weighed less than 1 pound. I had to fatten him up to get his shots he was so small. We have been unseperaptable since I brought him in from the cold Michigan winter. I found the choice for surgery easy because it will still allow him a long quality life. He is much younger than your cat, 6 years old. The part I am not looking forward to is the 4 months to recoup. He is gonna hate being locked up to keep him from straining himself.
This is expensive surgery and I would find it easy to understand why some would chose not to have it performed.
I don't have any kids so the animals are all my kids. We have 8 cats and 2 horses and I look at their care just like I would if they were real children . Quality of life is important to me. I can't stand to see anything suffer.
While I have had a good experience I know threre are just as many bad ones out there. This is of course just my view of the issues.
I am glad you chose to have the surgery! I hope your little one is doing well with the surgery.