Hip Surgery for Pets - Lake Geneva WI

Dislocations of the Hip

Dislocations of the hip are first reduced without surgery by anesthetizing the patient and reducing the hip.  The hip stays in in about half the dogs.  In the other half, the hip pops back out either immediately or within a week.  These patients need surgery to keep the hip in place.  The surgery involves drilling a hole through the ball of the hip and through the hip socket.  A stainless steel “Toggle” anchors a strong suture to hold the ball of the hip in the socket replacing the ligament that would normally perform this function.  Most dogs will regain full range of motion and use of the leg after two to three months.

Femoral Head and Neck Excision for "Bad Hips"

This procedure is indicated for those dogs with severe hip arthritis where a total hip replacement is not an option.  A total hip replacement is the best choice for most dogs but can be cost prohibitive running in the $6000 range.  With the femoral head and neck excision, the ball of the hip joint is cut off and removed leaving the leg to float free of the pelvis.  The muscles of the hip hold the leg in position without the ball allowing the patient to use the leg normally within three to six months.  This eliminates the bone on bone contact the causes the pain of “bad hips”.  These hips are not perfect after surgery but pain is usually greatly reduced and function improved

Cost ranges from $900 to $1500 making it a more cost-effective option.