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hozy 02-05-2014 11:10 AM

Femoral head ostectomy ?
 
Hello, my 7 year old German shepherd has hip dysplacia. We are thinking about the FHO surgery.. He weighs around 90 LBS .. I was wondering if anyone has the FHO surgery done on a dog this heavy ? I just need advise on this .. Thank You for any help..

DWP 02-05-2014 12:27 PM

Fho
 
The large Black and Red female (95lbs) had FHO over a year and a half ago and has done fantastic. She recovered and is just as energetic as ever. Look up FHO in the forums and you will get all kinds of good info.
Good Luck!

hozy 02-05-2014 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by DWP (Post 4969706)
The large Black and Red female (95lbs) had FHO over a year and a half ago and has done fantastic. She recovered and is just as energetic as ever. Look up FHO in the forums and you will get all kinds of good info.
Good Luck!

Thanks for the reply,,, is the recovery a long process with limited activity ? We just went through luxating patella revovery and that went on for 12 weeks with him not being able to be off leash for anything..

DWP 02-05-2014 02:15 PM

Several Months but. . . . .
 
It is a significant heal time, but our girl was pretty active within days. The important thing to remember is that there is no longer bone on bone contact to create pain, so as soon as they heal enough from the surgery that the incision isn't hurting, they tend to carry the leg and romp and jump around like normal. Our girl started trying to use the leg in days and within 3 to 4 months was as good as new. She was 3 1/2 yr old at surgery so that may have helped. We do not regret getting it done though.

hozy 02-05-2014 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by DWP (Post 4970298)
It is a significant heal time, but our girl was pretty active within days. The important thing to remember is that there is no longer bone on bone contact to create pain, so as soon as they heal enough from the surgery that the incision isn't hurting, they tend to carry the leg and romp and jump around like normal. Our girl started trying to use the leg in days and within 3 to 4 months was as good as new. She was 3 1/2 yr old at surgery so that may have helped. We do not regret getting it done though.

Thanks for the info,,

wyominggrandma 02-05-2014 09:26 PM

You will want to start doing range of motion exercises the day after surgery many times a day. Let dog be active if they want. As soon as stitches are out, swimming is a great thing for healing and keeping muscles and ligaments stretched and working
Do not limit exercise. This is one surgery that you want them to move around, walk, etc. No playing with other dogs for awhile, don't want dog to be knocked down.
When they do the surgery, a muscle is pulled over the edge of the bone and eventually it will form a false joint out of scar tissue.
My girl had both hips done and had no issues for over 10 years....... She even did search and rescue for 8 of those years.


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