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!