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Hip Lux Toggle Pin (Hip Dislocation)

Surgical Procedure

Hip Lux Toggle Pin is a joint stabilization method used to treat hip dislocation caused by torn ligament(s). The procedure uses special apparatuses called toggle-pins and suture-buttons to imitate the origin or points of attachment of the torn ligament(s). Specialized thick suture strand(s) are then used to emulate the position and function of the original ligament(s). The sutures do not offer the same flexibility and elasticity of the real joint ligaments, but does provide holding tension and helps to stabilize the joint so that supportive tissue and muscle can strengthen the structure of the joint. Sutures will eventually succumb to wear-and-tear over the long run.

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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