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Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)

Surgical Procedure

FHO hip dysplasia

Femoral Head Ostectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat hip dysplasia due to illness or injury. Joint friction between the damaged hip and femur head can cause dysplasia and severe pain. The surgical technique involves excision of the head and neck of the femur. Scar tissue will then form a pseudo joint attachment between the cut surface and the hip bone thus creating less friction which reduces pain and discomfort.

FHO hip dysplasia

Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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