Disc Replacement Surgery

// Published December 19, 2014 by admin

Disc Replacement Surgery in Dog with Wobbler Disease

Cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM), or wobbler syndrome, is a disease of the cervical spine that is commonly seen in Dobermans, but also affects other breeds. CSM is characterized by compression of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots, which leads to neurological signs and/or neck pain. The term wobbler syndrome is used to describe the characteristic wobbly gait (walk) that affected dogs have.

Harry Scott a neurosurgeon at SCVS has been operating on spines for 30 years, so as soon as he learnt of a pioneering technique to treat this disease he arranged for Filippo Adamo the developer of the new technique, to visit the UK to show him how to perform the surgery. They performed the first Disc Replacement surgery in the U.K.

Two years later Harry Scott is now experienced in the technique and has recently performed the first Adoma Disc Replacement at the C7-T1 intervertebral disc space (seen in the photos). The dog a Labrador called Harvey is doing extremely well post-surgery.

Why choose SCVS ?

  • The most experienced surgeon at performing Disc Replacements in the UK.
  • FREE MRI SCAN for dogs with Wobbler syndrome that undergo Disc Replacement surgery.
  • On-site high-field MRI scanner.
  • Fully equipped physiotherapy suite including underwater treadmill.

If you would like to refer a dog with wobbler syndrome please arrange a referral to one of our neurologists. If you are a pet owner and your dog has wobbler syndrome ask your vet about referral to Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists.

Bulging disc on Labrador with Wobbler disease X-ray of slipped disc in dog with Wobbler disease Disc replacement in dog with Wobbler disease Labrador with Wobbler disease Disc replacement surgery on labrador Dog with disc replacement post-surgery


  1. Linda Baines
    October 18, 2015 @ 10:19 pm


    myDoberman has wobblers syndrome which has progressed quite rapidly. Not sure what road to go down at the moment. What is the average cost of surgery for this please?


    • Admin
      October 19, 2015 @ 12:11 pm

      Hi Linda,

      Here at SCVS we do disc replacement surgery on dogs with wobbler syndrome. The average cost of disc replacement surgery is £4500 – £5500. We are offering a FREE MRI SCAN for dogs with cervical spondylomyelopathy (wobbler syndrome) that are subsequently treated using disc replacement surgery. Harry Scott our neurosurgeon here at SCVS was the first in the UK to perfrom this pioneering procedure, he has been operating on spines for 30 years and is one of the most experienced surgeons in the country. 

  2. Julie
    January 30, 2016 @ 9:12 pm

    Hi I am Harvey's owner and just wanted to let you know that he is doing very and I would recommend SCV to any dog owner. Harry Scott and all the staff were very professional as well as compassionate and explained in detail the procedure that Harvey was having.  


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