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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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I need help with FHO or THR

I am new to the forums so I hope this is the correct area. I am looking for feedback on FHO and THR. The vet is going to go over all of this more in details in a week or so for a follow up but I would love to hear from those that have went threw it with their dogs.

Sadie 6 months old Female and she walked funny to me so had X-rays done. They said she has a birth defect so she is missing the cup area in her hip its only the ball. If that makes sense to you all. Pretty much the x-ray was a strait line nothing coming out to meet the ball from her leg. I will try and get the X-ray to add so it will be easier to follow.

I know some forums say you shouldn't do THR until after they are over 12 months so I hope the meds she is on will keep her pain free for now. She's still happy and very active. She just walks really funny and some nights you can tell she is hurting some.

The main thing I want to know from others is how well did your dog do with FHO or THR? How long did it take to replace both the hips before they were back to their normal self and do you think its worth putting them threw it or would you just pain meds for as long as you can if you had to do it over?

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Did a bilateral FHO on a 10 months old rescued dog many years ago, best decision ever. She healed quickly and lived a long pain free life after that.

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I did bilateral FHO on my 11 month old GSD years ago. As GSDBestk-9 said, my girl healed great, no issues and actually did search and rescue for 9 years after that.
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I think I'm one of the only people who believes in and prefers the THR with larger breed dogs lol. It is what I have the most experience with as far as my own personal dog goes and people who come where I work with their pets. The larger dogs generally get THR done. It is a rather invasive procedure (there is a less invasive one in the works but the implants need revamping) however it gives you a really good hip joint once they heal.

My first dog had severe bilateral hip dysplasia. I knew from when she was about two months old what I was facing. I kept her as comfy as I could with joint foods, supplements, pain meds (she was sensitive to NSAIDs) and low impact exercise. When she was around 8 years old, she'd completely lose her back end as she was running. Finally took her in and her hips just looked awful. Talked with the surgeon and he was confident that we would only need to replace one of her hips and she'd do fine.

She did better than fine. For the first time in her life, my dog had three good legs to stand on. She could move without the pain in that hip once she recovered. Getting up and down was easier, she finally was keeping trim because she could move more. And the surgery went so well that even after she fell one week post op between the rows of seats in my car, her hip was still just as secure as it was when they originally placed it!

So needless to say, my experience was good with the THR, and if you can afford it and are good about the aftercare and physiotherapy, the results definitely can turn out well.
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I just worry with her not having a hip socket on both sides it will be hard for her. Every post or website says do one at a time so the good leg can get them along while they heal. Trouble I see is both hips are missing the joint so not sure if it will hold her weight. She is 68 pounds I think last time I looked.

Also thanks guys for your views and feedback. This is the first time I have had to go threw any of this so kind of freaking out lol.
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I would definitely see about talking options with a surgeon if you can. List out all your concerns about her condition, about the different surgeries and see what ends up working out the best for the two of you. With hips, since it is a major part of the leg, doing one at a time gives them usually a little something to stand on, but we have done bilateral knees where I work lol. Sounds like she really got passed the bad stuff when they were handing out genetics.
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Would they be able to do a THR with the cup missing?
Rudy had a THR when he was 18 months old. It was great. Recovery was not as bad as I thought. Surgeon said only 25% of dogs need it done on both sides. Rudy never did.
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I would find the BEST orthopedic specialty surgeon I could find and trust them based on their evaluation of your dog. Don't let a regular vet touch this. One who has done a lot of both surgeries, is board certified, and good references (or at a teaching hospital).

In either case, follow up with their guidance and always keep the dog lean and muscled.


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One of our girls had FHO done on one hip at two years old. Healed up great, no issues. I agree with Jocoyn. Find a surgeon you trust and give good consideration to his or her recomendations.

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