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Hip Replacement On The Horizon

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Michael right hip is deteriorating and has an appointment June 9th with an Orthopedic Surgeon and a Pulmonologist at Dallas's referral only specialities Hospital/Clinic. Our regular vet is expecting a total hip replacement will be suggested. The Pulmonologist is involved because Michael is a Mega-e dog.

I would really appreciate your suggestions, experiences, comments and anything in particular I should discuss with them that I might not think to ask about. I was told the cost should be in the $2000-3000 range and I am wondering if that amount seems appropriate?
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My Shep had both hips replaced and Sam had one hip replaced twice (it luxated 10 days post op). I've heard all sorts of horror stories, but as Mary wrote, recovery is not as bad as you'd think.

THR's at NC State Vet school (BFX cementless) run around $3800 which includes exams and radiographs at 3 months and 6 months.

A couple of things - Sams hip replacement was almost expected to pop out. He had a chronically luxated hip after being hit by a car which made placing the initial implant difficult. As his muscles restretched so the head became loose in the cup and out it popped!

As for Shep's THR - he was medically managed from the age of 3 until 12 when he finally needed the THR.

Wishing you the best
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