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My GSD had to have hip surgery due to both hips having severe dysplasia. My poor girl was in a lot of pain and the pain medications weren’t helping. Unfortunately I could not afford hip replacement so she had a double FHO. 10 months later and she is no longer walking. Somehow she never developed the scar tissue she should have. At first she was walking but just short trips to go outside to potty. But despite rehab she has been getting progressively worse and now she doesn’t walk at all on her own. I use a sling to help her walk but it’s also getting worse and worse. The orthopedic surgeon is suggesting another surgery where he uses a different muscle to create a sling for one of her legs or since there is no scar tissue he could still do the hip replacement. Anyone else go through anything similar? I don’t know what to do.
 

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Really sorry about your dog! I have no experience with this, but I'll bump it up so hopefully someone with experience will respond...
 

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The orthopedic surgeon is suggesting another surgery where he uses a different muscle to create a sling for one of her legs or since there is no scar tissue he could still do the hip replacement. Anyone else go through anything similar? I don’t know what to do.
I am so sorry that your dog is going through this, and that you got such bad veterinary advice that steered you toward double FHO's.

FHO's often stink, so what happened to your dog is not at all unusual. Check these out:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5946448/pdf/13028_2018_Article_382.pdf

http://www.globalvetspecialists.org/comparison-thr-fho

Most people are not told that the cost of a single total hip replacement is often about the same as two FHO's, and that most dysplastic dogs need only one total hip replacement.

The new muscle sling surgery is a bad idea and will likely have a poor result. Your dog's best option is for you to scrape up the money somehow to have a single total hip replacement done. Doing this after an FHO requires a really good orthopedic surgeon but it can be done:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4367144/pdf/jvs-16-131.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23253039

The sooner this is done, the better the chance of a good result. If you do this, you might want to consider using a different surgeon. What area of the country are you located in?

Your vet should not have done the second FHO until after waiting for at least 6 months to see how your dog did with the first FHO.
 

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If a total hip replacement is impossible for you financially, you could try getting your dog a custom made wheelchair. And you should not let this vet operate on your dog again for anything, including a total hip replacement. Go somewhere else.

The Ohio State University Veterinary School has the best reputation for total hip replacements, but I don't know how close you are to them.
 

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I am so sorry that your dog is going through this, and that you got such bad veterinary advice that steered you toward double FHO's.

FHO's often stink, so what happened to your dog is not at all unusual. Check these out:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5946448/pdf/13028_2018_Article_382.pdf

http://www.globalvetspecialists.org/comparison-thr-fho


Your vet should not have done the second FHO until after waiting for at least 6 months to see how your dog did with the first FHO.
TOTALLY agree! What WAS he thinking?? I know one dog that had a single FHO, and he adapted very quickly. After 3 months, you never would have known he only had the one hip joint! He was running and playing as if nothing had happened.
 

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Hi JonRob,

Thank you for your reply.

I wish I had done the total hip replacement from the beginning but I just didn’t have the $12k for it. Now I’m trying to figure out if I can somehow scrape up the money.

My GSD had FHO on both hips at the same time. In hindsight I’m thinking both at once was a bad idea? I don’t know. I read the articles you sent. At least I know it’s not unusual for results to be bad. My surgeon was very concerned that things aren’t going well. He said she should have been up and walking.

I’m in Southern California. I am thinking of going to get a second opinion. But again where to find money for the surgery? Ugh.

I did get her a wheelchair but she is not liking it. For one, it’s such an effort to get her in it. She weighs 70 pounds and trying to lift her back end up to get her into it is not fun. One time the poor thing fell down and was all twisted and I was in a panic trying to get her upright. Then after struggling to get her in it she refuses to walk. So it’s just sitting there unused. I also got the Help Me Up harness. That is working a lot better but she is still not wanting to walk with it. It’s a daily struggle taking her out to do her business. In the house she drags herself on the floor. She’s up on her two front legs and drags her butt. I feel so bad for her.
 
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