What is Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) Surgery?

FHO stands for femoral head ostectomy and is a surgical procedure for restoring pain-free mobility by removing the femoral head. This empties the acetabulum which, as time goes on, causes scar tissue to form. This creates a “false joint” which acts as a cushion between the two areas and results in a return to normal range of pain-free motion.

There are multiple hip conditions in dogs and cats that can benefit from FHO surgery, such as:

  • Severe arthritis
  • Hip fractures
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Legg-Perthes disease
  • Joint dislocation (luxation)
    Some signs that may indicate a hip issue are:
  • Limping when walking
    Stiffness in joints
  • Decreased tolerance or motivation to exercise or play

FHO surgery is an affordable solution to your pet’s hip discomfort which can have them back to normal in a relatively short amount of time. Our experienced, Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon is well-versed in FHO surgeries and is standing by to diagnose and treat your pet’s hip issues!

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