Femoral Head and
Neck Osteotomy

Femoral head and neck osteotomy is a surgical procedure for treating hip dysplasia. It involves removing part of the femur to alleviate pain and improve joint function.

Femoral Head and
Neck Osteotomy

What is Femoral head and neck osteotomy?

This surgical procedure is commonly performed to address hip dysplasia and related hip joint issues in dogs. During the surgery, the femoral head and neck are surgically removed, alleviating pain and enhancing joint function by eliminating bone-on-bone contact. This procedure aims to improve mobility and quality of life for affected dogs, particularly those experiencing significant hip joint degeneration.

Signs of needed procedure

  • Lameness or limping, especially in one or both hind limbs.
  • Difficulty or reluctance to rise, jump, or climb stairs.
  • Pain or discomfort when walking or exercising, often manifesting as stiffness or reluctance to bear weight on the affected leg.
  • Decreased range of motion in the hip joint.
  • Audible clicking or popping sounds coming from the hip joint during movement.
  • Muscle atrophy (loss of muscle mass) in the hind limbs.
  • Signs of hip joint instability or abnormal gait, such as hopping or swaying while walking.
  • Progressive worsening of symptoms despite conservative management.


This typically involves a combination of physical examination, imaging studies, and possibly additional tests to assess the pet’s overall health and suitability for surgery.


After surgery pet’s typically undergo a period of postoperative care and rehabilitation. This includes managing pain, limiting activity to allow for healing, and physical therapy to regain strength and mobility. Most pets experience improved mobility and reduced pain, with many returning to normal activities within a few months. Regular monitoring by the veterinarian is essential to ensure proper healing and address any potential complications.