JPS: An Exciting New Treatment for Canine Hip Dysplasia
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is one of the most common orthopedic diseases of large breed dogs. In affected dogs, joint laxity (looseness), joint incongruence and secondary arthritis can lead to crippling pain. Many surgical options have been proposed to treat CHD in young dogs. However, traditional surgical techniques are invasive, can be associated with significant pain, and are expensive for dog owners.
Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) is a new minimally invasive surgical procedure for treatment of hip dysplasia in young dogs. During JPS surgery, Electrocautery is applied to the growth plate of the pubis (part of the pelvic bone) inducing bony fusion. During the dog’s normal growth after surgery, pubic fusion results in angular changes to the pelvis. These changes allow for a better fit of the ball and socket hip joint, resulting in significant improvements in hip conformation.
JPS surgery is short in duration and requires no orthopedic implants. The post-operative period may involve a little discomfort, which can easily be treated.Typically, dogs spend only one night in the hospital after JPS surgery and can return to normal activity in as little as 2 weeks.
JPS should be performed at an early age (15-20 weeks) to affect larger and more rapid changes in hip joint confirmation. JPS surgery has been performed in puppies as young as 12 weeks old with excellent results. By performing the surgery at an early age, it is possible to slow or stop the progression of osteoarthritis in dogs with hip dysplasia. JPS surgery can easily be combined with your dog’s neutering or spaying