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Brave Ava Overcomes Hip Replacement Hurdles

From adoption to undergoing multiple complex surgeries, Ava's journey is a heartwarming tale of resilience, effective veterinary care and the unbreakable spirit of a loving Labrador mix.

3d printing hip replacement


  • Ava, a black Labrador Retriever, was found to have hips that were “basically out of their sockets” when she was a young pup, and in a few years, she required two total hip replacements
  • Fast forward to 2020 and one, then the other of her replacement hips wore out, necessitating the use of 3D printing technology and extraordinarily complex surgery to replace the replacements and get Ava back on her paws
  • Today, 12-year-old Ava continues to live her best life, zipping around and even jumping over the couch with her second set of replacement hips, thanks to her incredibly dedicated foster-to-adopter parents and a talented team of orthopedic specialists at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

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