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Hello all,

My 8 month old Golden has been diagnosed as mild / moderately dysplastic.

My vet has recommended medical treatment for now, he is on Recovery SA and keeping him lean, exercise to strengthen the surrounding tissue, etc.

He did explain to me the potential surgical options we may have to deal with one day, he talked about a TPO, but recommended to me a surgery wherein he would remove the pectoral muscle, therefore allowing his hip to sit more comfortabley within the socket. This surgery apparently has a very quick and easy recovery as well. He has performed this surgery and had results leading to a pain free life for the dog well into their teens, but said this surgery is not popular anymore.

I am wondering if anyone else has had experience with this, or knows anything about it? Good or bad please.

Also any other tips you may have for a first time dysplastic dog owner!!!

Luckily in all other ways lil' pup is perfect so I have no problems doing whatever it takes to make him comfortable his entire long life!
 

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He did explain to me the potential surgical options we may have to deal with one day, he talked about a TPO, but recommended to me a surgery wherein he would remove the pectoral muscle, therefore allowing his hip to sit more comfortabley within the socket.
Just wondering if you meant an FHO, not a TPO? I'm not familiar with the muscle procedure you mentioned but I am sure someone else may chime in...
My dog has had FHOs on both hips for hip dysplasia and has done very well.
 

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from: Canine hip dysplasia (CHD)
Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)

In young dogs, the preferred surgery is a triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO). Candidates for this surgery must have little to no evidence of arthritis on a hip x-ray and have adequate depth to the affected hip socket/s. The surgery aims to cut the pelvic bones in three places in order to free up the socket and allow its position to be altered so that the head of the femur fits better. The new socket position is secured using a special plate and screws.
By correcting the dysplastic hip early in the dog's life, further arthritic change is minimized and this should be the only surgical procedure necessary. TPO is usually performed bilaterally, if appropriate.

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
In this procedure, the damaged rough-edged head of the femur is removed. The remaining part of the femur forms a false joint with the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the area. Even though this false joint is not as good as a real joint, a significant reduction in pain is the usual outcome. While almost any size of dog can undergo this procedure, it is much more effective in smaller dogs. Obese animals and those with significant loss of muscle do not usually fare as well.

FHO is a fairly simple procedure, yet pets that have this surgery may return to almost normal function. The false joint that results is considerably smoother and allows for walking, running and playing. However, the new false joint is not a normal joint. It may exhibit decreased hip extension; the dog’s gait is different, but the joint is pain free.



I have never heard of removing muscle to correct HD, I'm a total lay person with no vet or surgical knowledge, but that sounds barbaric to me and would leave the dog crippled without muscle in the leg.

IMO, major orthopedic surgery should be performed by a surgeon, not a general vet practitioner. I would recommend you contact a specialist.

Also, there are a lot of dogs with HD that never have any surgical intervention and live long, happy, active lives. It all depends on the severity of the HD. With joint supplements you might be able to manage it without surgery.
 

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I have never heard of removing muscle to correct HD, I'm a total lay person with no vet or surgical knowledge, but that sounds barbaric to me and would leave the dog crippled without muscle in the leg.


I had the same thought. o_O

My golden has mild/moderate HD too, and I was told to work him and build up his muscles back there. My vet said that surgery was not necessary.

I'm also just an average dog owner, so it could be this is something that is done and I just haven't heard about it.

I wouldn't worry about surgery if you do everything right by your dog now - keep him thin, get him on the right supplements, and even follow up with pain meds if he's limping.
 

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I would contact a orthopedic vet and get their opinion. That treatment doesnt sound like a good idea to me. I would want as much muscle on him as I could get.
 

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Yeah I agree about the removing the muscle... since we are going through the after math of the FHO surgery..muscle is our BEST friend right now...(I'm thinking of toughin him up with some spinach,hey it worked for Popeye.... LOL)
 
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