The WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Garden City, Idaho is reportedly the first U.S. veterinary hospital to successfully perform a hip resurfacing procedure in a dog as a less invasive alternative to total hip replacement.
The patient, who recently underwent the hip resurfacing procedure, is an English springer spaniel. After exhibiting mobility issues including stiffness and pain, Riggins the dog was examined by Jeff Brourman, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, owner and chief of staff at WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center.
Dr. Brourman has been investigating the adaptation of the human procedure into veterinary medicine and determined Riggins was a good candidate for the procedure. Brourman and Sean Murphy, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, performed the procedure on Riggins. The dog recovered well from the procedure and is now able to ambulate comfortably.
|Riggins the dog recently underwent a hip resurfacing procedure, as a less invasive alternative to total hip replacement.|
“If the procedure continues to be successful, it may become a good alternative to total hip replacement in certain dogs suffering from hip dysplasia,” Brourman said.
Brourman says he plans on performing more hip resurfacing procedures in the near future.