Panel Discussion – Hip Luxation Treatments – What’s In & What’s Out

Small Animals

Panel Discussion
Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion - Hip Luxation Treatments – What’s In & What’s Out?


Panelists:         Michael Kowaleski   DVM, BS, DACVS - Tufts University, USA
                               Peter Lotsikas   DVM, DACVS - Skylos Sports Medicine, USA                          
                               Kinley Smith   MA, VetMB, CertSAS, DECVS, PhD, MRCVS 
                                -  Willows Veterinary Centre, UK

Moderator:     Eithne Comerford   MVB, PhD, CertVR, CertSAS, PGCertHE, DECVS, FHEA, FRCVS 
                               - University of Liverpool, UK



What initial approach would you choose for a craniodorsal hip luxation in a 40kg dog or a 4kg cat? The coxofemoral (hip) joint is most commonly affected by luxation in dogs and cats and its prompt management is essential to ensure continued function of this unforgiving joint. Management can involve many options from closed reduction to salvage options such as femoral head and neck excision. An international panel of world-renowned experts will discuss the many options used in their practice and share helpful tips & tricks with the attendees on the treatment of hip luxations via a case-based approach. The exchanges between the panellists will be moderated and challenged with clinically relevant topics in management of hip luxations, amongst them:

  • Immediate closed vs. surgical reduction – pros & cons
  • Surgical Techniques: differences, outcomes & complications
  • Role of rehabilitation following closed reduction & surgical management

As part of this discussion attendees will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, make comments and share their own experience with the group.

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    Michael Kowaleski
    DVM, BS, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
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    As a member of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals’ surgical team,Dr. Michael Kowaleski specializes in joint replacement, arthroscopy, stifle (knee) surgery, corrective osteotomy and fracture treatments. Although his most common patients are dogs and cats, he occasionally operates on exotic animals and, most recently, camelids such as alpacas. He serves as the course director for Principles of Surgery for second-year veterinary students and for an orthopedic elective in the third year, teaches small animal surgery for third-year students and serves as a facilitator for the school’s Problem Based Learning course for first year students.

    Dr. Kowaleski is a home-grown talent from a family of veterinarians. He grew up in nearby Sterling, Massachusetts and his father and sister are both veterinarians. He attended the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for his DVM studies and completed the dual residency in surgery at Tufts and Angell Animal Medical CenterThe practice of medicine has always intrigued me, Dr. Kowaleski says. I have always been adept at taking things apart and repairing them; thus surgery is a very good fit for me.

    Prior to joining the faculty at the Cummings School, Dr. Kowaleski was an assistant professor, then associate professor, of orthopedic surgery at The Ohio State University. He has enjoyed the demanding caseload here, as well as the opportunity to work on unique cases. Recently, he teamed up with the surgical team at the school’s Hospital for Large Animals to treat an alpaca with patellar luxation (looseness in the kneecap). In 2008, Dr. Kowaleski also adapted human instrumentation and implants to fix a middle-aged cocker spaniel with a poorly healing fracture in its elbow.

    Dr. Kowaleski also enjoys participating in the school’s clinical and basic science research projects (please see Dr.Kowaleski’s academic profile for the latest research publications) and travels nationally and internationally to present on the latest surgical techniques.

    Dr. Kowaleski and his wife, Lisa, have two young sons and enjoy boating, sailing, fishing, skiing and rock climbing.

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    Peter Lotsikas
    DVM, Dipl. ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
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    Dr. Peter Lotsikas is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lotsikas graduated with a BS degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and a DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a general small animal internship at Kansas State University, followed by a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. He received his formal surgical residency training at Iowa State University. Dr. Lotsikas returned to his home state of Maryland in 2007. He was an associate orthopedic surgeon at Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) in Annapolis Junction Maryland for four years prior to becoming an owner at CARE Veterinary Center in Frederick Maryland. Dr. Lotsikas sold his ownership of CARE in 2014 to found Skylos Sports Medicine.

    Dr. Lotsikas serves as a veterinary surgical consultant for Arthrex Vet Systems and is a national instructor in arthroscopy and minimally invasive knee stabilization. He is credited for developing the technique guide for the TightRope System for stabilization of traumatic hip luxation, currently used worldwide. Dr. Lotsikas is also on the medical education advisor board for Zoetis and is a Zoetis ELITE speaker on pain, anesthesia and sedation. He has contributed to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a chapter in the textbook Mechanisms of Disease in Small Animal Surgery. Dr. Lotsikas recently served as section chief/author for the chapter on orthopedic disorders of the hind limb for the textbook Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lotsikas is currently a scientific reviewer for the Veterinary Surgery Journal and Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association and has served as a scientific reviewer for the VOS and ACVS Symposiums. Dr. Lotsikas is very active in the continuing education of veterinarians and has presented at nearly every major veterinary surgery meeting in the United States. He is a frequently requested author for Clean Run Magazine, Pointing Dog Journal, Retriever Journal, and Just Labs Magazine on sports-related injuries in the canine athlete.

    Dr. Lotsikas specializes in sports-related injuries and returning performance and working dogs back to full function. His clinical focus is on minimally invasive surgery and total joint replacement. Dr. Lotsikas is certified to perform Biomedtrix Hip Replacements, the TightRope CCL and TPLO procedure for cruciate repairs, Sliding Humeral Osteotomy procedure and CUE joint resurfacing procedure for elbow dysplasia. Dr. Lotsikas also incorporates Orthobiologics as appropriate.

    Most importantly, Dr. Lotsikas prides himself on tailoring his surgical and medical recommendations to meet the needs of his diverse patient population. Whether it is an elite athlete or an aging companion, Dr. Lotsikas focuses on getting to know the individual to ensure the best possible outcome for each patient’s particular needs and goals.

    Dr. Lotsikas is married to Dr. Faith Lotsikas and has three young daughters. They have a small farm in Myersville, Maryland. His personal interests include fishing, hunting, golf and farming.

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    Kinley Smith
    MA, VetMB, CertSAS, Dipl.ECVS, PhD, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
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    Kinley graduated from Cambridge University in 2000 and spent 7 years in small animal practice in Derbyshire and Cheshire, gaining the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2006. In 2007 he began doctoral training at the University of Liverpool investigating the mechanisms of cruciate ligament disease in dogs. This research was very successful and in 2010 he graduated with a PhD. In the same year he began a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Glasgow which he completed in 2013. He gained the ECVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2014 and RCVS Specialist status in 2015. Following 3 years working in a specialist referral practice in Derbyshire, Kinley moved to Willows Referral Service in 2017.

    He has published a number of scientific papers and has lectured internationally since 2008 on scientific and orthopaedic topics. Although interested in all aspects of orthopaedics, Kinley has a particular interest in ligament and tendon injuries, treatment of joint disease and management of chronic orthopaedic conditions.

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    Eithne Comerford
    MVB, PhD, CertVR, CertSAS, PGCertHE, Dipl.ECVS, FHEA, FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
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    Eithne graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD, Ireland in 1995. From 1995-2006, Eithne worked at the University of Bristol, where she was awarded her PhD on the pathogenesis of cranial cruciate ligament disease.

    Since 2006, Eithne has worked at the University of Liverpool, becoming Professor of Small Animal Surgery (and Head of Musculoskeletal Biology) in 2014. Her role combines specialist small animal orthopaedics, research, teaching and administration.

    Her main clinical interests include minimally invasive joint surgery and cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCLD). In her current role as Head of Musculoskeletal Biology, she manages a team of 18 academics as well as developing her research into the structural changes in human and canine cruciate ligaments with ageing and disease. Eithne was awarded the BSAVA Simon Award in 2017 for her contributions to small animal surgery and for her work into tendon and ligament research.

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