Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) is a relatively simple procedure that helps to prevent the development of osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. This procedure is best performed on dogs between 14-18 weeks old, and this is considered as an early intervention method to not only save money in the future but reduce the possibility of future surgery.

The benefits of JPS are greatly reduced after 20 weeks. Therefore, we recommend that a PennHIP screening be conducted early at 16 weeks. If the results indicate a high hip laxity and hip dysplasia risk, a JPS should be performed as soon as possible.

How Is JPS Carried Out?

This procedure makes use of an electroscalpel to manually manipulate bone development and provide better coverage of the hip joints. By closing a growth plate at the base of the pelvis, this creates selective growth of the pelvis and the hip cup.

By diminishing hip laxity at a young age (under 18 weeks), puppies will grow into adulthood with healthy hips and full mobility. Because most puppies at that age do not show symptoms of canine hip dysplasia, early diagnosis at between 14-16 weeks of age via PennHIP is important.

How do I help my pet recover after the surgery?

Having a healthy diet and weight management is important as your puppy is growing, and even more so when the hip joint is developing. During these 4-6 months after the surgery, leash walks are permitted but strenuous off leash exercise should be avoided until the follow-up exams provide a clear diagnosis and recovery.

Follow-up X-rays will be taken progressively to measure the success of the procedure, and the all-clear period will be at about 10 months of age.

Around 90% of dogs will benefit from this preventative measure as they will not display any sign of arthritis or require any advanced surgery for their hip joint.

For puppies above 9 months of age, total hip replacement will be considered as one of the preventative measures instead. read more.