Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery

SURGERY TO CORRECT THE HIP BONES OF BABIES


If your baby has developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) HCA UK provides open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery.

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About developmental dysplasia of the hip

Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery is carried out by HCA UK to correct developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in babies.

DDH causes the ball-and-socket joint of the hips to not form properly in babies and young children, and is also known as congenital hip dislocation or hip dysplasia. About one in every 1,000 babies have DDH.

Need to know

DDH is usually diagnosed soon after birth and your GP or consultant will take an ultrasound scan of your baby to assess the extent of their condition.

Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery is usually performed if previous closed reduction (minimally invasive) surgery hasn’t worked. It is carried out under general anaesthetic and involves placing the ball joint of the femur (thigh bone) back into the acetabulum (hip socket).

During the open reduction and hip reconstruction procedure, the consultant will make a cut in the groin and the hip joint is opened up. The damaged tissue is then removed and the hip is then aligned into the socket.

Open reduction and hip reconstruction is generally a very safe procedure. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have about your child’s surgery.

After the procedure, your child will be placed into a special cast known as a spica cast to ensure their hip remains in its newly aligned position. The cast will need to be changed every six weeks, and may be worn for three to six months. After the spica cast is removed, your child may need to wear a hip abduction brace for a few weeks to provide extra support.

Your child’s consultant will also advise you on how to manage your child’s recovery and when they can get back to their usual daily routines. Usually, a year is needed for most children to fully recover.

Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery Consultants

Mr Giles Stafford

Mr Giles Stafford

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Mazin Ibrahim

Mr Mazin Ibrahim

Orthopaedic Surgery

Professor Richard Field

Professor Richard Field

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Hugh Apthorp

Mr Hugh Apthorp

Orthopaedic Surgery

Our Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.