Canine hip dysplasia is a painful and progressive disease that causes agonizing pain with every movement your dog makes.
Unfortunately, hip dysplasia only gets worse with time, and non-invasive treatments like pain medication and physical therapy rarely deliver long term results.
If you have tried every form of therapy to help your dog feel more comfortable, you might wonder if an expensive surgery is the only option.
You’re not alone!
It’s important to understand how hip dysplasia treatment is completed, the costs involved with such a complex procedure, and the alternatives that may eliminate the need for surgery altogether.
How Is Hip Dysplasia Surgery Done?
Dog hip dysplasia surgery can be completed using a few different methods. For dogs suffering through end-stage hip dysplasia that causes uncontrollable pain and near-complete immobility, a total hip replacement (THR) is the only option aside from euthanasia.
Unfortunately, THR is the most expensive and complex hip dysplasia surgery.
A total hip replacement is a major procedure that replaces the entire ball and socket of the hip with metal elements to create a brand-new, uninjured joint. As such, THR requires precise techniques that only a veterinary surgical specialist can perform.
If your dog’s hip dysplasia is diagnosed early enough, it’s possible that a less intensive surgery could be used to minimize pain and improve mobility.
The Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) surgery cuts off the head of the femur to prevent painful rubbing, while a Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) cuts the pelvis in three places to help the ball of the femur align with the socket of the hip joint.
Both of these offer the highest success rates in young puppies without severe dysplasia.
Dog Hip Dysplasia Surgery Cost
Hip dysplasia surgery is very expensive. A single hip replacement begins around $5,000 but can easily add up to $7,500 or $10,000 after adding the costs of radiography, pain medication, anesthesia, and other factors.
Unfortunately, most dogs who need one hip replaced inevitably need the other hip replaced as well.
This raises the price tag of hip dysplasia surgery from $7,500 to $15,000 or more!
It’s also important to consider the fact that the majority of dogs reject their hip replacements within a few years. Pet owners face the prospect of spending more than $15,000 for only two years of results.
What Are Conventional Surgery Alternatives?
The limitations and drawbacks of dog hip dysplasia surgery lead many pet owners to use popular surgical alternatives like medications and physical therapy.
Losing weight is often used as the first line of defense against hip dysplasia since a dog’s excess weight places unwanted strain on the damaged and traumatized hip joints.
However, weight reduction can be challenging for dogs that severe experience pain when they try to walk or run.
Controlled low-impact exercises and healthy eating habits are the best ways to achieve weight reduction and ease the burden on hips affected by dysplasia.
Nutraceuticals are compounds found in foods and herbs that have the potential to naturally improve health.
They aren’t considered nutrients like vitamins and minerals, but they are shown to positively impact the body by preventing and treating disease and injury.
Glucosamine exists naturally in a dog’s body, especially in healthy cartilage. It’s responsible for producing substances used to form and repair cartilage and other body tissues.
Supplementing with glucosamine, chondroitin, and other nutraceuticals is believed to enhance joint health and minimize the damage that occurs as a result of hip dysplasia and arthritis.
While nutraceuticals may be able to improve lubrication in the joints and reduce the need for NSAIDs, most pet owners find that nutraceuticals are not powerful enough to overcome the symptoms of advanced hip dysplasia.
When weight reduction, lifestyle adjustments, and nutraceuticals fail to halt the progression of hip dysplasia or reduce symptoms, medication is the next option.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like carprofen and meloxicam minimize inflammation in the hip joint, but long-term use makes your dog vulnerable to liver damage, kidney damage, G.I bleeding, and ulceration.
It’s also possible to use painkillers like gabapentin, but strong painkillers cause an unwanted sedative opioid effect. You want to help your dog thrive and live a more active life, not leave her feeling tired, drunk, and disconnected.
It is for these reasons that most pet owners- yourself included- want to find a better alternative that can safely, naturally, and effectively minimize hip dysplasia symptoms and provide more than a temporary solution.
How Is Stem Cell Therapy a Better Alternative To Surgery?
Stem cell therapy is a completely unique alternative to hip dysplasia surgery.
It is a natural solution that reduces inflammation and pain while also slowing the progression of hip dysplasia by stimulating regeneration of new, healthy cells and tissues.
Stem Cell Therapy Reduces Inflammation Naturally
HUC-DT stem cell therapy releases a concentration of five million stem cells into the joints affected by hip dysplasia.
The stem cells are naturally drawn to the inflammation caused hip dysplasia and start to recruit other nearby stem cells to counteract the inflammation with their own unique biochemicals.
All of this means that one simple stem cell treatment naturally decreases inflammation, increases comfort and range of motion, and reduces a dog’s dependence on drugs and medications.
Stem Cell Therapy Can Be Repeated Safely
Unlike pain medications and other common hip dysplasia treatments that have negative side effects, stem cell therapy can be repeated on a regular basis without posing any threats to your dog’s health or safety.
Stem cells remain active in the body up to six months before they start to diminish in number.
They are able to stimulate extensive healing in the joints during that time, but some dogs with severe hip dysplasia may begin to feel some aches and pains again without the full power of stem cells to restrict inflammation.
These dogs can easily receive another stem cell treatment without any risks or side effects.
A second or third round of five million stem cells immediately combats inflammation and slows the destructive progression of hip dysplasia to increase your dog’s longevity.
Stem Cell Therapy Is More Affordable Than Surgery
The extremely high dog hip dysplasia surgery cost makes it restrictive and undesirable to most pet owners.
Instead of spending anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 on hip dysplasia surgery, stem cell therapy makes it possible for dog owners to help their pets experience long-term, ongoing relief for just $2,000.
For many dogs, this is the only expense needed to overcome the debilitating inflammation and injury associated with hip dysplasia.
For other dogs, an extra treatment after one or two years makes all the difference. Either way, the cost is still significantly lower than hip dysplasia surgery, yet the benefits are dramatically higher.
The Bottom Line
Hip dysplasia is a painful and debilitating condition that affects dogs of all ages and breeds, but the complexities and risks of hip dysplasia surgery make it an imperfect solution.
Canine stem cell therapy makes it possible to reduce inflammation in the hip, regenerate healthy tissues, and improve your dog’s quality of life.
It only takes one stem cell treatment to help your dog escape the cloud of pain caused by hip dysplasia.