In Honolulu, pet hip surgery has given back years of life to many happy dogs, cats, and other animals in need. With advanced modern veterinary science it is possible to vastly improve the quality of your pets life. There are numerous animal hip surgery options and treatments availalbe, so please do not hesitate to call Dr. Leadbeater today at (808) 735 4433. Aloha!
Hawaii Pet Hip Surgery Options and Solutions
Does your dog seem to experience stiffness in the morning? Slowness to get up? Wanting to sit down while eating or during walks? If your dog shows any of these signs, he could have Hip Dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia is an abnormal development and growth of the hip joint. Both hips are usually affected, but only one side may show symptoms. The onset of clinical signs may not occur on both sides at the same time. Hip Dysplasia is manifested by varying degrees of laxity of the muscles and ligaments around the hip joint with instability and malformation of the joint components. Crippling arthritis can be the long term consequence of undetected or untreated Hip Dysplasia. Dogs showing signs of discomfort can be any age and of any size. However, large breed dogs are more commonly affected.
What is a Total Hip Replacement for a pet?
Total Hip Replacement is the main treatment option for Hip Dysplasia that has produced excellent results. Approximately 95% of patients return to normal function after their pet hip surgery. Most dogs will run, jump, play normally, and have a greatly improved quality of life shortly.
Canine Hip Dysplasia is a common condition. However, depending on the severity of your dog's condition, several treatment options are available. To decide which treatment option is best for your dog, or you simply wish to get more information on Hip Dysplasia, Total Hip Replacement or pet hip surgery in Hawaii, we are more than happy to schedule a consultation for you with our surgeon, Dr.Leadbeater.
Important FAQ about Pet Hip Surgery
- A prosthetic hip is implanted in a similar fashion as is done with people. It replaces the painful arthritic joint. The modular prosthetic hip replacement system used today has 3 components - the femoral stem, the femoral head, and the acetabular cup. As with humans the components are made of titanium, cobalt chrome, and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene.
- With a Total Hip Replacement the arthritic joint is gone. The decreased range of motion of the original arthritic joint is also corrected to allow a greater degree of limb movement.
- Most dogs walk on their new hip within a few days after surgery. Most pet owners report their dog's personality improves and that their dog feels great. Gradual return to normal function is allowed between 8 and 12 weeks after surgery. Numerous long term studies have found Total Hip Replacement to be a very effective method of treating disabling conditions of the canine hip. Statistically the majority of dogs following surgery displayed marked improvement in walking, sitting, climbing stairs, standing, running, getting into the car, playing, and exercise tolerance. Total Hip Replacements have been performed in both pet and working dogs with equal success.
- In 2007 a greater range of implants became available , allowing replacement to be performed in much smaller dogs, and now into cats. Dr. Leadbeater is one of the few veterinary surgeons worldwide that has implanted the new, very small components.
If you know that your animal is in need of total hip replacement, or feel that your pet's quality of life would be improved by medical care, please do not hesitate to get in touch! We would like nothing more than to provide you with as much knowledge as possible, providing you with as many solutions to your pet's hip surgery needs.