That's a tough one. I know right now it looks like surgery is the only option but I would do everything possible to talk to someone who is NOT a surgeon. I am familiar with a lot of cases (some of them in animals), where surgery was recommended by orthopedic surgeons and when other medical professionals (non-surgical orthopedists, physical therapists, alternative health care specialists) were consulted there were non-surgical options. It's not that I think that most surgeons are dishonest but more a case of seeing the options one is most familiar with. For a surgeon that will almost always be surgery.
For instance many cruciate ligament cases can be treated conservatively and almost full function can return. Surgery is not only risky but sometimes turns out not to fix the problem. Get at least a second, if not a third opinion. Any respectable surgeon will support this idea.
Best wishes, hang in there,
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