Our orthopaedic surgeons form a very experienced team for hip replacement. Professor John Innes, Ben Walton and Mark Morton are all very experienced hip surgeons and, typically, two of our surgeons perform each hip replacement together as a team. Professor Innes was the founder of the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association’s Canine Hip Registry.
Hip replacement can be a transformational procedure and careful assessment and counselling from one of our experienced surgeons is the first step in the process. It is important for pet owners to understand the benefits of the procedure as well as the risks and that starts with communication from one of our experienced team.
Hip replacement is used in dogs for intractably painful hips that have failed to respond to medical management.
The most common reason to need a hip replacement is hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis and the most common age for a dog to receive a hip replacement is between 1-2 years of age. This is because hip dysplasia develops in puppies and the arthritis can develop soon after. Other reasons to use a hip replacement include Legge-Perthes disease, or some fractures of the hip joint.
At ChesterGates, we use the Biomedtrix CFX Canine Hip Replacement system.
This system has been shown to have excellent success rates and a low complication rate. We have the standard, micro and ‘nano’ systems available so that we can offer hip replacement to small dogs right up to giant breeds.
The success rate of canine hip replacement is in the region of 93%. Therefore most dogs have a pain-free hip and can run and jump and play.
The BVOA Canine Hip Registry was established by Professor John Innes to provide the best evidence for canine hip replacement and to understand the success and risks associated with the procedure so that the success rates can be further improved and the risks identified with a view to reducing these. It is a national database and we contribute to this project to improve the success of canine hip replacement.