Peaches Hip Surgery


Peaches had been hit by a car and has a dislocated hip. Dr. Mabley has decided that the best course of action is a Femoral Head Ostectomy.

The choice of many for smaller dogs, this surgery is extremely successful in dogs that weigh under fifty pounds at full growth. Under anesthetic, the head and neck of the femur are exposed, and removed, with any remaining edges filed down for smoothness. The now-empty hip socket is also filed to eliminate the worn-down edges. The end result is a "floating" joint, where the bones no longer meet, but rather float in place on a cushion of scar tissue, muscles and ligaments.

Most dogs that are less than 30 lbs. in body weight and are not overweight have use of the leg after femoral head ostectomy (FHO) that is nearly indistinguishable from normal use. Above this weight, there is usually some reduction in function, most commonly seen as an inability to jump in and out of the car, or activities like this. After a period of physical therapy, usually lasting about 6 weeks, most dogs have nearly normal use of the limb and this improves for several months after that. When examined, it is possible in most cases to detect a reduction in the range of motion of the limb but this is not usually detectable in observing every day activities.

We are now less than 24 hours post surgery and Peaches is amazing. If we let her, she'd be running a marathon. We're letting her move around just a bit....... she's eating and taking care of all her "duties".

Peaches x-ray – the x-ray shows the femoral ball on the left totally dislocated and lying on top of the pelvic girdle instead of in the hip joint. If she hadn’t been in the shelter, untreated, for a week the ball could have been relocated into the hip joint. Unfortunately, time precluded that option.


Peaches open incision – femoral head gone


Peaches femoral head – femoral head exposed


Peaches "LOCKED AND LOADED"!!!! – All done.


Peaches Stitches – Very clean and not bothering her too much.

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Peaches Sofia – Peaches getting some well deserved R & R in the sun, with nurse Sofia.


Here she is. Our little Trooper!!!


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