What is Wobbler’s Syndrome?

     Disc associated “wobbler syndrome” is a devastating disease of the cervical vertebrae and inter-vertebral discs resulting in cervical canal narrowing and spinal cord compression, which leads to a wobbly gait/walk in dogs and horses (hence the name wobbler syndrome). This condition is most commonly found in large breed dogs such as Great Danes and Dobermans.
     The underlying cause has not been completely determined yet but it seems to be a combination of disc degeneration (when the cushion between the vertebrae break down and no longer provide cushion for the vertebrae bones) and cervical spine instability.
     The best treatment for this condition is surgery; however the most common surgical procedures are invasive and associated with long post-operative recovery. In addition, they are not able to prevent the occurrence of the problem happening on another location of the spinal cord (this is called “domino lesion” and tends to occur in about 1/3 of the patients).
     However, there is now a new surgical technique in curing Wobbler's Syndrome with many benefits . . .

How is an Adamo Spinal Disc different than traditional surgery?

     The new revolutionary treatment Dr. Adamo has designed and successfully completed in over 30 dogs within 5 years is the implantation of a metal artificial disc -- this keeps the vertebrae bones from rubbing against each other. Not only does this technique cure Wobblers Syndromeand the pain/discomfort associated with it, but it also prevents the domino lesion side effect of other traditional surgical cures. In addition this technique is minimally invasive, carries minimal risks and the canine patient is able to be released from the hospital and go home the very next day after surgery.
     Dr. Adamo hopes to develop the Adamo Spinal Disc as the standard cure in veterinary medicine for Wobbler's Syndrome.

Contact Dr. Adamo


Available Monday and Thursday:
East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency
2803 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Phone: (925) 937-5001
Fax: (925) 937-8519