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Veterinary Total Hip Replacement (THR) is simultaneously the most rewarding and frustrating advanced orthopedic surgery. When performed correctly, THR is a profoundly transformative procedure. However, when facing complex primary and revision surgeries, the proper execution can be meticulous, which is why training and technique refinement courses are encouraged to provide the best level of care.
To assist veterinary surgeons in conquering the learning curve of THR, we have instituted a series of training programs appropriate for novice-to-advanced skill and experience levels.
Before embarking on the veterinary hip replacement journey, it is necessary to consider the financial, logistical, practical, and technical requirements of offering THR and PHR procedures in your clinic.
Your OR and hospital should be suitable for joint replacement surgery. Generally, veterinary THR is most successful when the surgeon/clinic assembles a THR team, makes a serious commitment to cadaver training, has a consistent caseload (~12 per year minimum), and performs regular follow-up examinations.
THR training is appropriate for veterinary surgeons with well-rounded orthopedic experience who are knowledgeable in bone plating, FHO or other hip replacement systems. THR success demands that you are committed to managing potential complications in the short and long term.
Some surgeons and clinics will have more preparation to do than others. We are happy to discuss your specific circumstances and chart a path.