Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery
Our darling Daisy has been found to have a tear in her ACL and we have been told by our local vet to have a consult with a doctor who specializes in these types of surgeries. They do not do this surgery at their office. They have referred us to a Dr. Collins at Animerge in Raritan. Animerge (a 24 hour emergency place as well) is a great place, they saved our Sabrina's life when she developed a freak infection after being spayed.
That said, it's really not a convenient location. I was wondering if anybody has ever had to have this type of surgery done for their dog and where it was done, or any other more local surgical recommendations.
This thread is about ACL surgery for dogs. I never chimed in on it, but I agree with the recommendations for Dr. Henrich at Tranquility Veterinary Clinic. My dog tore his ACL a few years back and he performed the surgery. I was told he is the best around. They are also my regular vet so it was any easy choice for me.
round valley vet clinic in Clinton.i highly recommend them.they usua;lly do most surgeries that regular vets don't.i have brought my 2 dogs there over the years.1 had really bad hip dysplasia ant\d the operation was a success.the other dog had operation on very bad leg-also a success.you have to have a referral from your vet I believe.good luck.
im sorry they are in Lebanon. and phone # is 908-840-4022.and it says on web site they do what you need!
Thank you Lilly for the previous thread. I was so upset when I posted this I totally forgot about poor Twizz and his surgery.
dd88 - Thanks for your recommendation.
We will look into both these options.
Lebanon is Crown Veterinary specialists - Dr. Wendy Ross is the orthopedist and the owner. She is the best! 908-236-4120
Calico you can also call Blairstown Animal Hospital. I used to work there and Dr Leal is very good with ACL surgeries. He does a lot of this type of surgeries. Daisey would be in very good hands with them. Give them a call 908-362-6430
Crown Veterinary Specialists worked on both of my dog's torn ACL's and Dr. Wendy Ross was fantastic. The staff is wonderful and highly recommend them!
I'm so sorry to hear about your poor Daisy :( Our Daisy had exploratory abdominal surgery done by Sue Bliesath when she owned her practice in Budd Lake. She was beyond compassionate and I'd recommend her without hesitation. She appears to be working with a new practice out of Basking Ridge. The owner of the practice seems to be experienced in what you are looking for. Here is their link
If you'd prefer to stay more local, I'd try giving Dr. Sarah Logan a call. She is based out of the Mt. Olive Animal Hospital and her office has very modern equipment. If she is not an expert, then surely she would direct you to someone that is.
If you don't already have it, get Care Credit to finance the surgery. Pay close attention to the terms though because it needs to be paid in full by the term date. It's basically a no interest loan if you do that. It's helpful with large vet bills!
Sorry to hear about Daisy! It is very stressful trying to figure out the best way to go about things like this.
We had an ACL repair done last December (thread above) with Dr. Heinrich at Tranquility. They only perform "tightrope" procedures at their office where they essentially leave the tendon as is, drill a few holes through the bones and thread through a surrogate tendon to keep the joint steady and remove the pressure. Everyone at the office was fantastic and Dr. Hewitt at their office is now my normal vet. The surgery went off without a hitch. The recovery was super stressful for me (I am a worrier by nature), especially when Twizz decided to remove one of his staples 3 days after his surgery on Christmas morning when all of the vets were closed after I turned my back for half a second (I had taken off his cone while I was sitting there with him). He is now taking 5+ mile hikes with me and runs around like a puppy again and his leg doesn't seem to bother him at all. In the few months after the surgery, he would strain his leg every once in a while and limp for a few hours, but after about 7 months those instances seemed to go away. Based on my experience I would recommend Tranquility. Everyone was so nice during the follow-up care and patiently answered my many, many questions. One nice thing is that its right down the road so if anything were to happen (i.e. missing staples) you can be at the vet in 15 minutes.
I hope everything works out!
Our dog had a torn ACL when she was 12 and it was repaired by a "visiting" surgeon at Hackettstown Animal Hospital. The surgery went well and recovery was good and no problems at all and she lived to be 16 with no recurring problems with her ACL. I don't know if this vet still does this surgery at HAH, but we were very pleased with her.
Totally go with Dr Leal @ Blairstown & the staff is very caring as well, Good luck to your little baby.
Thanks everyone for you help and support. My husband is going to call Dr. Leal's office this morning to see about a consultation.
I will keep you posted as things develop.
Dr. Leal took good care of all our dogs over the years. My Oscar got hit by a car when he was two. Long story short, he had hip surgery at a large clinic in Tinton Falls (can't remember the name-my dad took him) to save his leg. It didn't work and he wound up trying to chew it off. Dr. Leal still said there was a small chance his leg might come back, but we decided to have it taken off. Oscar was miserable dragging it around. Anyhow, he was instantly better without it and lived a good long life. It hardly hindered him at all. Dr. Leal was great. Very compassionate and understanding.
I would recommend the large clinic as well. They did a great job on the initial surgery.
Think it's Garden State Animal Hospital. Supposed to be the best for surgery. Dr. Leal sent us there. I'm sure they would do great on an acl as well.
Sorry can't help with any local vet recommendation as all the buns goes to a vet in White Plains. But sending Daisy good wishes for a quick recovery!
Garden State Animal hospital were wonderful to us when our Cocker Spaniel pup had to have surgery several years ago. I would highly recommend them.
I think a few people missed one of the big points of this thread. Calico wants something CLOSER, more convenient, than Raritan. I'm not the best at geography, but some of the ones mentioned seem ridiculously far...
If the vet in Raritan specializes in ACL repairs, I'd drive 10 hours if I had to go to the best vet around to fix my pet. Definitely go to someone who either specializes or has done many, many ACL repairs. UPenn is far, but I wouldn't rule them out. Best of luck for a quick recovery.
Thank you so much for your recommendations. We have an appointment with Dr. Leal at Blairstown Animal Hospital on Thursday night.
I'd be very skeptical about using Blairstown. They did a surgery on a friend's dog and did not do the pre-surgical bloodwork. Once the surgery was done, it turns out the dog had a pre-existing condition that meant it was going to pass anyways... several thousands spent on surgery that was not warranted!
Our dog has had two acl tears repaired over the past few years at Blairstown. Recently, he has a few cysts removed. They were wonderful. All the bloodwork was done each time, they called us when he got out of surgery, and he was ready at the specified time. Really, it's only 20 minutes from Hackettstown.....
I've never used the vet in Blairstown but I've heard nothing but good things about them. My cousin who has had many animals and has volunteered for PAL swears by them. Sounds like Daisy will be in good hands.
My best wishes for Daisy.
PorkChop is offering his companion services to Daisy. He says he'll hold her paw, give her kisses, and sniff her butt to be sure she's comfortable before and after surgery :)
We took our animals to BAH for years, starting when it was under Dr. Wooding. They also came out to take care of our horses. Nothing but good things to say about them. They even pumped Oscar's stomach at 11PM the night before Thanksgiving when he ate rat poison.
Lori - less than a month.
I used Dr. Ross at Crown Vet too, for my 95-pound border collie mix. The surgery went extremely well, and my dog recovered so quickly it was tough to keep her activity level down for the suggested recovery period. I think Dr. Ross also travels for Hackettstown Animal Hospital as their visiting surgeon.
Hi, Im having similar issue with my dog, only no surgery yet, try black river vet, in chester, they are the best and will take care of your dog, they are the best ever and most reasonable. Good Luck hope the pup is ok
Just giving an update. Daisy has surgery with Dr. Leal scheduled for 10/8 at Blairstown Animal Hospital.
So sorry to hear about daisy! We had our dog Troopers done at the Flanders Veterinary hospital. They have a specialist that comes up and performs the surgery. Trooper had both knees done a year apart from each other. He was a large dog so they said that once one goes the other might follow and it did. I think that they are wonderful. Hope all works out for her.
My pets brace in pa makes custom knee braces to allow for the healing without surgery. Costs about 700.00
Dr. Leal at Blairstown Animal Hospital. He is the best! Good luck with your pet.
Good Luck Daisy and good Luck to Mom and Dad to keep you down afterwards.
Good luck to Daisy..poor thing. I hope all goes well for her and she has a speedy recovery. The kitties will have to be kind to her.
Daisy wants to thank everyone for their concern. I will post an update after her surgery next week.
Daisy was dropped off this morning for her surgery. She will stay the night tonight and can be picked up tomorrow.
I had told the vet that as soon as the anesthetic wore off, Twizz would probably start screaming because he hates being crated at "strange" places. Everyone told me not to worry because a lot of dogs are uncomfortable at the vet and cry so they are used to it. I dropped him off in the morning with instructions that the vet would call after the surgery to update me and that I could pick him up later that evening around 6. I got the call around 10:30 that the surgery had went well and Twizz was resting comfortably. As I had anticipated, I received another phone call a few hours later asking if I was able to pick up Twizz early because he was crying really loudly and no one was able to console him, lol. He has this SUPER loud, SUPER high-pitched scream (and I think he is even louder than most dogs because he can't hear himself) and I knew it was going to be a problem. I, of course, picked him up right away and the second he was out of the cage and hanging out with all the people he quieted right down and was happy.
The moral to this story is that I hope Daisy is much more content at the vets office and that her surgery goes well. Don't be afraid to ask any questions that you need to. I felt silly asking some questions (and I asked many), but I was much less stressed by doing so. Good luck!
Good luck, Daisy! May you have a quick recovery, and be playing in the leaves in no time.
Thanks everyone. Talked to the vet. Daisy's surgery went well. She is resting comfortably. We will be picking her up tomorrow afternoon. That's when the "fun" will begin I'm sure.
Dr. Leal has performed all 3 of my dogs ACL surgeries, he is wonderful. Speedy recovery.
And with all the yrs I have used BAH (20yrs) and all the surgeries my animals have had (over 15) they have never not done pre surgical bloodwork, they are very thorough.
Daisy is home. She doesn't quite understand that she is just supposed to lie down. She came home with one of those hard "cones of shame". Not working well. She is crashing into everything and acting like it weighs 100 lbs. on her neck. Papa just went to Petco to get her a soft cone.
Poor girl. I'm sure she will be back up and around in no time. Please don't tell her that her backside has been shaved clean for all to see! LOL.
That looks great! It would be great if we could sit down and reason with them that if they just take it easy, everything will heal faster and better. She will be up and running in no time! If she is anything like Twizz, this rainy colder time of year is not her cup of tea anyway and she won't mind staying inside.
We always knew she had a lot of freckles underneath. But she looks like Dalmatian. LOL
Wow, Daisy you been dressing up as a pitty for so long...I never would have thought you were actually a Dalmatian
Daisy looks good....hopefully she won't have to keep that cone on for too much longer. :)
she'll be back to normal in no time! =o) the picture you posted looks like the exact same thing one of my dogs had a few years ago to repair a luxating patella (knee). poor thing needed the surgery in both knees so we had to do them several months apart.
Awww...Daisy~ Baci, Shades, Cappuccino and Simba sends their good wishes for a speedy recovery!
She's doing pretty well. It's been tough keeping her calm. She's a trooper about taking her pills. But not so much about her physical therapy exercises. We are supposed to do 30 reps. 3x a day and then 20 min. of ice. We can't get more than 15 each time. Sometimes less. Vet said that's ok though. She is very good about the ice though. Starting Thursday, we will start with the moist heat followed by the exercises and ice. She has been excellent about not bothering her incision. She did have quite a bit of a rash from all the shaving. I have been applying bacitracin ointment 3x a day though and it's almost totally cleared up now. It's amazing how well she can get around with 3 legs.
Daisy got her stitches out on Saturday. She never bothered the incision at all. The vet said that she seems ahead of schedule. She is putting some weight on that leg and we can take her for walks that are a little bit longer. She's super glad to be rid of that darn cone.
You can definitely see a difference when they lose the cone. Oscar was miserable with it on. The look he would give me breaks your heart.
She is actually doing very well. Thanks for asking. We have been leash walking her for 15-20 minutes a day and she seems to really have no difficulty. This coming Thursday we will be able to move her back to her "real" room on the second floor and I can have my dining room back. LOL
We are extremely pleased with her progress. It's amazing that after only 4 1/2 weeks she wants to run and jump and play like she normally does and it's tough to try to keep her from overdoing it.
Can I ask you how your dog was after her surgeries for her patellar
Luxation? I just found out my 9 month mixed breed has to have
Both done. I'm going for a consult at Blairstown AH
Her knees have been popping out all day today. I feel so bad for
Her so I'm trying to get a quicker appt. did your dog have a good
quality of life after the operation. Was it really expensive?
Any info would be greatly appreciated because I am so worried
Thanks so much
My Yorky terrier Is 14 years old and has a tear in the ACL. I'm looking for a doctor who specializes in this type of surgeries.
I live in Westfield nj, but I don't mind traveling. I want the best surgeon
for my baby.
Can anyone recommend a doctor.
There's a large place in Tinton Falls area that is very good. I had my dog's hip fixed there after he got hit by a car. Garden State Vet. I was very satisfied.
Buster - I started this thread and we ended up with Blairstown Animal hospital. Our Daisy is still doing great 2 1/2 years out from her procedure.
We had a GreT time with our baby at Blairstown... we are 6 years out from same procedure and except for some arthritis, he is fine!
I was reading through the now closed thread about Twizz from a few years back. Good stuff. Sounds like a happy ending.
It appears we will be traveling down that road with our dog. The official x-rays and full exam to determine the extent of injury will take place in a few days. However two separate vets have already confirmed with a quick exam the diagnoses. Luckily it's not an meniscus injury.
Since a few of our HL family has been through this, I'm hoping for any new thoughts regarding the few different types of surgical repairs folks have had done on their pups and what the long term effectiveness was. Also, any issues if any. Our girl is an active 2-1/2 year old. She loves to run so we understand there will be a bit of a lifestyle change in the future for sure. We just hate to see her in pain, naturally.
Daisy did very well after her surgery for about 5 1/2 years. Running, jumping and playing like a lunatic.
Now that she is 12, she is suffering from severe arthritis especially in the knee that was repaired. She is currently on fish oil and joint supplements and also taking Gabapentin for pain. None of these help much very. We previously tried Rimadyl and Galliprant, but neither helped at all. She limps around pretty badly, but unfortunately there isn't much else we can do at this point.
All that said, I would definitely recommend the surgery for you dog since she is so young. Best of luck to you and your pup!
I HIGHLY recommend Aqua Dog Rehabilitation Center, 24 Bartley Flanders Rd, Flanders, NJ 07836, (973) 927-0030
Our dog was 14 when she tore her ACL. Because of her age, we opted not to have surgery but instead water therapy, cold laser treatment, massage, and eventually physical therapy. Her progress is absolutely incredible.
Calico (and others), of course all dogs are different, but truly your dogs will benefit so much and get much needed relief from arthritis and post surgery. I cannot give enough accolades to Dr. Kris and her team.
Calico- Did Daisy have the LSS "tightrope" repair or the TTA repair using the titanium plate and bone graft? I'm leaning toward the TTA because she is so active and muscular. Both procedures have pros and cons but ultimately we want will provide Nova with the best option to be able to enjoy herself for years to come.
As an aside, we are also giving her a clean CBD tincture (Source) for joint health and inflammation as well. She loves it!
Hickory- We met with Dr. Kris and discussed options. She also mentioned her rehab facility as well.
Greg - She had the tightrope. I posted in the CBD thread that she had a vet appt. today and he suggested we try Elle Vet CBD oil and increase the Gabapentin dosage. So that will be our next move. Hopefully it will help. We hate seeing her limping as she used to be an active maniac. She's gaining weight too from lying around all the time. We cut her food back over a month ago and she hasn't even lost a pound. Poor girl.
Hopefully that will provide some relief for her. It is so tough knowing they are uncomfortable for sure.
Do you recall Daisy's weight when she had the surgery? Also, what factors helped you guys make your decision for the tightrope procedure? Nova is a 65 pound Pitbull. I'm reading that the larger (greater than 50 pounds) dogs typically have the TTA. The tightrope sounds less traumatic to me. It's also about 2k less expensive- not that the decision on treatment will be budget driven but lets face it 5k stings. It also seems to me that the preferred method is the TTA but the vet said either one is acceptable and should prove successful. It's difficult to figure out what is best for her. Ugh.
Daisy was about 45 lbs. when she had the surgery. The tightrope surgery was the middle option at that time. Since she was 6 we went with that. If she had been younger we would have gone with the TTA. The tightrope cost about $3k in 2013.
Aqua Dog is a great suggestion. Water therapy works wonders on arthritis.
Another suggestion would be to try acupuncture. There are a few kinds and I’ve seen great results. I know they do it at Flanders Vet and Red Bank Animal Hospital in Hillsborough uses it as well.
Bring Daisy over to my pool for a swim. I have a life jacket for her. If u can get Daisy to lay in the bathtub for a while I can give u some essential oil infused Epsom Salts. It works wonders on aches and pains.
Oh, and turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and it Can be given to dogs.
That make sense regarding the age, Calico. She will be just 3 on 9/11. Nova has lots of that young dog chutzpah to say the least! Couple that with trying to keep up with Roxie our Boxer and she is on the go.
I appreciate you're thoughts. We are bummed out at the whole situation.
Nellejoy- Can I come by for a soak? It sounds great. LOL That is a very kind offer for Daisy.
"If u can get Daisy to lay in the bathtub for a while."
I've probably have a better chance of winning the Powerball. Hahahaha! I might take you up on the pool offer though. I will be in touch, thanks!
Hey there! I figured I'd weigh in here with an update on Twizz.
Twizz was 3 ½ (December 2012), I believe, when he had his first surgery and was right around 55 lbs. I elected for the tightrope procedure because he was fairly young and I was worried that if something were to go wrong down the road, we'd be out of options if we went with one of the more invasive surgeries. He bounced back well after some downtime and the recommended PT. He enjoyed his hiking and running around like a spaz just like before the surgery and it didn’t really seem to affect his mobility or attitude at all.
A bit before he turned 9 (December 2017), he started to have issues with the same knee (which really became a problem because at the time we lived on a 3rd floor apartment). Back to the vet we went and decided that the best course of action was TPLO for this tear, which was one of the options on the table the first go around. Maybe the second surgery could have been prevented had we went that route to start with, but would rather be cautious and was glad to have this option. The second surgery went well and Twizz still runs around and plays like a puppy. He doesn’t seem to have any arthritis or pain with his knees and so far (knock on wood) the 2nd knee is holding up ok. He is pretty lazy these days, but a very happy pup.
I had put together a little summary of the first 30 days post-surgery (first time) with some pictures and am happy to share it! Just PM me and I’ll send it over.
Here is a recent photo of Twizz partaking in his favorite activity - napping:).
Best of luck, Greg! It is well worth it to have your buddy around and happy for years to come.
HH - Thanks so much for the update on Twizz. He sure does look cozy! Glad he is doing well.
Aww I miss Twizz :) Glad to hear he is doing so well...and you also Happy Homemaker!
I was just talking about him and what a great personality he has:)
Nova went for x-rays earlier this week. As we knew, she has a "significant" tear of the CCL. She is scheduled for surgery on the 18th. We are going with the TTA due to her age, activity, and her size.The next few months will be interesting to say the least. The challenge is to still give the rest of the pack full attention and such while strictly tending to the rehabilitation process.
I have built ramps and such so she can get accustomed to using them now. We are also adjusting routines in order to have the post surgery experience not be such a shock.
Clearly a stay-cation this year!
Tomorrow marks one week since TTA surgery. Nova is doing very well. The most difficult thing is keeping her calm and not allowing running, jumping etc. The worse time is the wiggle dance when someone comes home. She is not happy when the rest of the pack goes for a walk either.
I am amazed how an animal bounces back from such a procedure. Fortunately she shows zero interest in the incision- no cone or pillow needed. Round 3 of laser treatments tomorrow.
Great news, Greg! I know what you mean about the wiggling. We had the same problem. Daisy didn't bother her incision either. I guess she knew "the cone of shame" would be a consequence of bothering it. LOL
Keep us posted as she recovers.
Nova is doing very well. Thanks for thinking of her!
She is approaching 7 weeks since surgery. We are still closely following the recommended restrictions even though she seems like she is back to her old self. She still has a no off leash running or any jumping policy in place . She does walk up a few steps but we still have her use a ramp when going down steps. She really wants to run with our boxer as that is one of their favorite things to do. In time they will.
It's easy to get complacent in thinking she is fully healed but we are really sticking to the rules. Once she has the 8 week x-ray we may start trotting with her on leash depending on the progress seen. With her muscular build and age, she'll be 3 on 9/11, hopefully she will be cleared to progress in her rehab.
Please, I’m in north jersey. Sussex County. My 3 year old Japanese Chin dog has soft tissue rear leg injury. I need a ortho CLOSE.... not far. And the cost of different surgeries? There is a place in Fairfield but too expensive.
Not sure where in Sussex Co. you are, but Blairstown Animal Hospital is great and not far from Sussex Co. in general. Good luck!
Hodes Veterinary Group
265 U.S. Highway 46
Mine Hill, NJ 07803
We met with Dr.Kris Conway.
Does Blairstown animal hospital have a dedicated orthopedic vet? I too am in need of one :-(
I was reading their website, but they don;t really make it clear
Check out Red Bank Animal Hospitals on the web. They have three locations. May be too far for you , but they seem to have comprehensive care.
I would call Blairstown and a few other local veterinary hospitals and ask them what visiting surgeon they use. Then you can look at that person or group to decide if they are right for you.
Keep in mind if you choose a location like Red Bank for example, there will be numerous follow up trips to be made. Not terribly practical particularly if the pet does not travel well.
We ended up right here in town at Hackettstown Animal Hospital with Dr. Cojocar handling everything with the exception of the surgery. My dog is almost 6 months out from the procedure and has made seemingly a full recovery.
We just had our dogs knee done at blairstown. Dr Leal there does some surgeries...in our case they had Dr Zeltsman come in to do our TPLO surgery. We had a great experience and will be making them our regular vet for all our critters. Both dr leal and zeltsman took lots of time presurgery to answer all our questions and get us prepared. After the surgery Dr Lovel and all the staff have been great about staying in touch and talking us through the rehab.
The closest red bank one to me is over a hour each way....there is no closer orthopedic vets?
Dr. Frey in Alpha does orthopedic surgery... what type of procedure do you need done?
Dr. Cummings in Easton, PA was awesome when he did surgery on my boston terrier's luxating patella about 7 years ago. And for about 1/2 the price that the vet in Fairfield, NJ was gonna charge. However, Dr. Cummings was pretty old 7 years ago, so not sure if he's still practicing. Look him up.
I called blairstown and they do have a orthopedic surgeon.
I animal, I am not sure, I really hope no surgery, he is just not putting any weight on his one back leg from time to time, other times he is perfectly fine. He also still has full range of motion with no discomfort when you move the leg.
I had him to a different vet about a month ago and they said it was not a soft tissue Injury and was most likely a strain, but it keeps coming back whenever he is active, so I am seeking a second opinion
Riley had x-rays done at blairstown yesterday, he has CCL tears in both knees, one worse then the other and eill.need surgery in both. :-(
Oh no! Sorry to hear that. He will be in good hands there. The care Daisy got there was excellent.
Wow that really stinks for Riley. Poor thing. Did they discuss a plan for treatment? I can't imagine how the recovery process from one CCL surgery would go while suffering from a tear in the leg that was not operated on.
The second isnt really that bad, so they said he would be fine recovering from the worse one first and then deal with the second one.
I dont like seeing my boo in pain, so I was in quite a emotional state last night, I am goi g to go back with a second set of ears to be sure I am making the right choice.
I forget what the specific procedure names are, but there is three options, 1-3
1 involves using fishing wire and mimicking tendans and supporting the knee better, but has a high failure rate in big active dogs, recommended for calm dogs and/or dogs under 50lbs
2 involves cutting the bone long ways and moving it forward so the knee is now supported by bone, basically takes the tendan out of play
3 involves cutting the bone and rotating the joint esentially accomplishing the same thing as option two, there just isnt a gap for the body to fill with bone.
2 and 3 are the most successful and recommended for active dogs, so for me option 1 is off the table as it is the most prone to failure and arthritis. I am still building g a list of questions and plan on going back for a second consult. I need to be sure I am making the right choice.
How old is Riley? Daisy was almost 6 when she had her surgery, so we went with the middle option. If she had been a few years younger we would have gone with the third option. She's just about 13 now and hasn't had any issues with the knee. Her mobility problems now are more nerve damage related.
About the same calico, roughly 5 1/2
Hearing all the success stories is really helping me cope with this, I care less about the money....I will work overtime and make what it take, ya know?
Does anyone know the name of that third option?
These are the main options.
Lateral Suture Technique or Extracapsular Repair (Outside the Joint)
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Tibial Tuberocity Advancement (TTA)
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge on holistic options?, something I ran across when I was doing research on the topic
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