Elbow Replacements for Man's Best Friend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/28/08

Elbow Replacements for Man's Best Friend

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Just like people, dogs can also suffer from extreme arthritis, especially in their front legs, where they place most of their body weight.  

Now a new procedure is making a difference for some of our four legged friends. It's an implant made of metal and lined with polyethylene. When placed in the joint, it separates one bone from the other to prevent friction.

Sarit Dhupa, of CA Veterinary specialists, says, "What we do is use a proprietary technique to remove all the joint cartilage and then replace it with prosthesis. It's really the cutting edge of veterinary medicine. We see, at least five dogs a week that could benefit from this procedure". This is quickly becoming popular in some parts of the country. Implant surgery for man's best friend may cost as much as $6000.

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