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The Risks & Rewards of Total Hip Replacement (THR)

Risks & Rewards of THRQ: What do you anticipate my dog’s quality of life will be after surgery?

A: Dogs that receive a total hip replacement go on to lead a normal, energetic, and pain-free life. There are a few activity precautions including avoiding the following strenuous exercises. Endurance exercises generally do not pose any problems.

  • Playing Frisbee with jumping at high speed

  • Fly ball competition

  • Racing

  • Rugged terrains

  • Pulling heavy weights or loads

  • Hunting for a long duration to exhaustion

Q: What is the success rate of THR?

A: The success rate of total hip replacement surgery is very high! More than 95% of our patients, all of whom are in a registry, are expected to remain fully functional for a minimum of 10 years or for the duration of their lives. Please note that we have followed over 650 hip replacement recipients for their lifespan after surgery.

Q: How long will the implant last?

A: The typical lifespan for a total hip replacement (THR) in a human is approximately 20 years. Under normal conditions, your dog’s hip replacement will not wear out before this period of time. This is in part due to the fact that dogs weigh less than people and their weight is distributed on 4 legs.

Q: What are the risks of THR?

A: As with any surgery, total hip replacements carry a risk of potential complications. However, the incidence rate is low. Complications that may occur include infection, prosthesis luxation, loosening of the implants, nerve injuries, technical problems, femur fractures, and very rarely problems with anesthesia. Thankfully, all of these complications have been minimized, due to our dedication to ensuring every precaution is taken. 

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