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Juvenile Public Symphysiodesis (JPS) Surgery

JPS is a minimally invasive procedure for preventive maintenance of Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD).

Dog being examined by doctor
Dog being examined by doctor

The surgery involves a single incision over the pubis and ablation of the symphysis; growth of the rest of the pelvis results in improved acetabular coverage of the femoral head and decreased hip laxity.

There are no implants, no instability or lameness post-operatively, and a single procedure treats both hips.

Arthritis in comparably affected CHD dogs is reduced as much a s 67% in JPS dogs vs. controls; patients with severe CHD may still have significant arthritis.

The pelvic changes and improvement are comparable to the Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO), but without the risk of sciatic injury, healing of three painful fractures, or staged bilateral surgery.

While pets are rarely symptomatic at this young age, animals should be evaluated at 3-4 months old so they do not miss the narrow window of opportunity for this beneficial and minimally invasive procedure.

The Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis(JPS) procedure must be performed between 3-5 months of age, while sufficient growth potential remains. Affected large breed dogs, such Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds, should be evaluated for hip laxity under anesthesia by an experienced surgeon at 12 weeks of age.

Our board certified surgeon, Dr. Scott Goett would be happy to discuss this or any other procedure with you.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call us at 321-725-5365.