Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) involves the fusion of a growth plate within the pelvis and is ideally performed at 4 to 5 months of age. All bones have what are called cartilage growth plates, which are how the bones form their shape and length. Fusion, or stoppage of growth, of a growth plate will alter the shape and development of the affected growth plate and bone.

JPS alters the pelvic development with the ultimate result of the ball and socket fitting more “tightly,” therefore, decreasing the potential amount of future hip arthritis. Also, compared to other more traditional surgeries for hip dysplasia, JPS is less invasive, less costly, and is an easier recovery for dogs. JPS should not be thought of as a definitive cure for hip dysplasia, but can significantly improve hip joint conformation and lessen the long-term affects of hip arthritis.

Today, we now have the tools to better diagnose early, those young dogs with loose hips predisposed to hip arthritis and provide a new, more simplified treatment before the negative issues of hip arthritis have developed.

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