Bob, 3-year-old long-haired Chihuahua, accelerated recovery following surgery

Bob is a 3-year-old long-haired Chihuahua. In October 2013, he had bilateral Medial Patella Luxation (MPL) Surgery–a surgery on both knee caps simultaneously to prevent them from “popping” out of place. Recovery may have seemed daunting for a little dog with two bum knees, but Bob was up and moving one day after his surgery with Dr. Scott Roberts of the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware (VSCD).


His speedy recovery was due largely to having his own personal rehabilitation therapist to give him daily treatments — his dad, David, is VSCD’s rehabilitation technician and hydrotherapist. In addition to electrostimulation (e-stim) therapy, Class IV cold laser, mobility exercises and daily kisses by the VSCD staff, he was also treated with an Assisi Loop.


David Mazzoni, CMT, Hydrotherapist at Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware has been working with the Assisi Loop since May 2013. He has always used the Assisi Portable 150. When he knew that his dog, Bob, would need surgery he decided that he wanted to learn more about the Assisi Portable Automatic–a device originally designed for post-surgical treatment. The Automatic has a program that treats for 15 minutes every 2 hours automatically. This device may be integrated into the wound dressing or, as in Bob’s case, it can simply be placed over the surgical site and moved as needed to stay in place. David shared Bob’s case with us.


Bob’s Case as reported by his owner, David Mazzoni


On the first day of surgery, the Assisi Automatic was placed on the surgical site and turned on.   Bob also received electrical stimulation (e-stim), laser therapy, and manual therapy on the first day.


On day 2 following surgery, Bob was reluctant to walk but would bear weight with support. The Assisi Loop remained in place in automatic mode. It was manipulated so that treatments would continue as Bob repositioned himself throughout the morning. There was no evidence of swelling or redness at the incision sites. He continued to receive e-stim, laser therapy, and manual therapy.


Days 3-7 following surgery


Bob continued to recover remarkably well throughout this period.   He came to the hospital with me every day but his therapy was basically limited to PROM (passive range of motion) two times per day and the Assisi Loop. We did not feel the need to continue with oral meds/NSAID (Metacam) after day 5. He gradually increased activity.

His surgeon as well as the VMD, CCRP I work with every day commented repeatedly how remarkably well he has been recovering.


Days 7-14 following surgery


Bob continued to have a remarkable recovery. Any signs of discomfort were non-existent. He was able to fully bear weight with no signs of any off-loading onto the front. He began longer walks to about half the distance he was walking pre-surgery.


Day 14-present


Bob has continued to do exceptionally well with his recovery. He gradually increased his walks to the full distance he was walking prior to any MPL issues-trotting with no discomfort. He is now back to normal activity with no restrictions.


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try your product on my own dog. I treat post-op recovery patients daily and can honestly say your product made a significant difference in the amount of comfort and speed in which Bob recovered.


Thank you to David of the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware for sharing this case.  If you’re interested in more detailed case notes, please email:


The tPEMF signal that the Assisi Loop provides was originally designed for post-surgical treatment.  Click here to learn more about Assisi as an effective replacement for pain and anti-inflammatory drugs.  We are pleased to be able to share a case that demonstrates the accelerated recovery possible when you treat with the Assisi Portable Automatic.