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JPS Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis 

What is Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)?

Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) is a surgical technique performed on puppies to modify the growth of the pelvic bones. By fusing a specific growth plate in the pelvis, this procedure changes the shape of the hip joint, promoting better alignment and reducing the risk of hip dysplasia later in life. JPS is most effective when performed in puppies between 12 to 16 weeks of age.

How Does JPS Work?

  1. Assessment: Our veterinary team will conduct a thorough examination of your puppy's hips and perform diagnostic imaging to assess their hip joint condition.

  2. Surgical Procedure: If your puppy is deemed a suitable candidate for JPS, a small incision will be made near the pelvic area. The growth plate is then accessed, and a controlled amount of heat is applied to the growth plate to slow down its growth.

  3. Gradual Correction: Over time, the affected growth plate fuses, allowing the other growth plates to continue normal development. This gradual correction helps improve the alignment of the hip joint.

  4. Preventive Approach: By modifying the growth of the pelvic bones, JPS aims to prevent the development of hip dysplasia and associated joint issues in adulthood.

Benefits of JPS:

  • Early Intervention: JPS addresses hip joint issues in puppies before they become more severe, taking advantage of the body's natural growth processes.

  • Reduced Risk of Hip Dysplasia: By modifying the hip joint alignment, JPS helps reduce the risk of hip dysplasia and related joint problems in the future.

  • Improved Comfort: Puppies that undergo JPS are more likely to experience better hip joint function and less pain as they grow older.

  • Minimally Invasive: JPS is a minimally invasive procedure with a small incision, leading to quicker recovery times for your puppy.

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