Friday, February 17, 2012

Veterinary Highlights: Cervical Arthroplasty, New Surgery For Disc-Associated Wobbler Syndrome

Wobbler syndrome is a disease of the cervical spine in the area of the neck, in which the spinal cord and spinal cord nerve roots are compressed. 

This compression leads to neck pain and neurological problems like the wobbly walk dogs with the syndrome exhibit.

Wobbler's is a common cause of neurologic problems in large and giant breed dogs.

Dr. Pietro Filippo Adamo, DVM, of East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency, pioneered a new surgical technique that involves a disc replacement. The diseased disc is replaced by a titanium cervical disk prosthesis.

Dogs who have undergone this new procedure have had terrific short and long-term results.

Cervical arthroplasty is a promising new technique to bring relief to dogs with the disc-associated Wobbler syndrome.

Source article: If Your Dog is a Large or Giant Breed, Stay Alert for These Symptoms

Further reading:
Cervical arthroplasty in two dogs with disk-associated cervical spondylomyelopathy
Wobbler Syndrome (Cervical Vertebral Instability)

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