Project Description

Ned is a 2 year old British Shorthair who presented to Southpaws with a shuffling gait and displayed extreme pain on hip manipulation. A Femoral Head Ostectomy was recommended. When a hip becomes damaged or diseased the freedom of movement of the joint becomes restricted. If the head of the femur does not fit properly into the hip, movement is restricted and chronic pain and inflammation are common. An Femoral Head Ostectomy restores mobility to the hip by removing the head and ball of femur where it meets the hip. This leaves the socket of the hip empty with just the muscles of the leg holding the leg in place. Over time scar tissue forms between the hip socket and the femur to provide what is known as a false joint. The false joint cushions the relationship between the femur and the hip and leaves the patient pain free and with a very high quality of life.