Veterinary Surgery Service

131 Hospital Drive N.E. Suite 2
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548


Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy

An FHO, or femoral head ostectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to restore pain-free mobility to a diseased or damaged hip by removing the head and neck of the femur.

If the acetabulum and the head of the femur do not fit together properly, this poor fit can influence the degree of movement that the joint can achieve. In addition, this poor joint fit can lead to chronic pain and inflammation. Once the FHO has been accomplished, the muscles of the leg will initially hold the femur in place and, over time, scar tissue will form between the acetabulum and the femur for cushioning of the joint.

How much does and FHO surgery cost?

The all inclusive fee is $1,500.00 <22 lbs.(Unilateral),  $1,900.00 > 22 lbs (Unilateral), $2,500.00 <22 lbs (Bilateral) $2,900.00 > 22 lbs (Bilateral)

This includes:

  • Intake Physical Examination
  • Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork: CBC, full chemistry panel, clotting profile when indicated
  • EKG
  • I.V. Catheter
  • I.V. Fluids
  • Pre-Anesthetic analgesia drugs
  • Preoperative imaging (radiographs)
  • Anesthesia induction drugs tailored to the individual patient
  • Local or regional pain control
  • Anesthesia Maintenance on isoflurane
  • Anesthesia monitoring by: EKG, CO2 end tidal, O2 saturation, Blood pressure, body temperature
  • Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy Surgery
  • Postoperative imaging (radiographs)
  • Post-surgical recovery monitoring
  • Post-surgical therapy laser treatment
  • Hospitalization as required
  • Take home medications
  • Recheck appointments