Double Pelvic Osteotomy (DPO)

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About the course

Double Pelvic Osteotomy (DPO) is a surgical technique for early treatment of Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) in growing dogs.

DPO is a technical evolution of Triple Pelvic Osteotomy that provide ilium and pubic osteotomy (avoiding ischium osteotomy) and ventro-lateral displacement of the acetabulum obtaining better coverage of the femoral head and avoiding active hip subluxation that happens in young dog with hips laxity secondary to CHD.

Avoiding continue episodes of active subluxation in young dogs of hip laxity secondary to CHD, DPO limits the development of the pathology and of DJD. Iliac DPO osteotomy is stabilised by a dedicated plate and the technique is safer and with less post-surgical morbidity in comparison to TPO.

DPO candidates are young dogs between 5 and 8 month with early signs of CHD as joint laxity and active joint subluxation; during the course will define clinical and x-ray criteria for patient selection.

In the morning session we cover the key objectives before practicing the technique on saw bone and then in the wet lab for a hands-on practical.

Course Objectives:

▪ To understand the significance and the biomechanics of joint laxity in Canine Hip Dysplasia

▪ To understand patient assessment and the selection of candidates for DPO

▪ To understand clinical and x-rays steps for early diagnosis of CHD in growing dogs

▪ To familiarize with surgical anatomy of pelvis

▪ To develop familiarisation with and appropriate use of instrumentation

▪ To learn and practice the surgical technique taught in a dry lab and wet lab

▪ To understand the post-operative management of patients

▪ To identify potential complications and how to avoid/deal with them

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