Meet Bronx, a Pit Bull puppy who, at 17 weeks of age, has already had a surgery with a name longer than most of us can pronounce. Just try saying Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis 5 times fast!
Bronx’s acetabulum or hip joint was injured while playing with his older and bigger “sisters”. When we consulted with boarded surgeon, Dr. Stephanie Lister, she recommended we perform a JPS surgery.
Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis is a surgery done in young pups between 4 and 5 months of age to cause the pubic growth plate to close prematurely. This causes the rim of the hip joint (acetabulum) to rotate and provide better coverage of the hip itself, hopefully minimizing Bronx’s chance of developing crippling hip dysplasia later on in life. This surgery must be done at an early age if it is to be effective and Bronx was the “right age” to have it done.
Since none of the surgeons at the Atlantic Veterinary College had performed the surgery previously, we decided to approach visiting veterinary surgeon Dr. Caroline Runyon to come to New Perth Animal Hospital and perform the surgery here with Dr. Dave assisting.
Bronx’s owners were happy to share his story and our photographs, and were particularly thankful that having Pet Insurance allowed them to go ahead with such a procedure.
Bronx has been doing well since surgery and we wish him the very best recovery possible.