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.

About DDH

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

  • How is DDH diagnosed, and what happens during surgery? icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare for your child's surgery icon plus

    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 surgery icon plus

    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.

Our paediatric hip consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts specialising in the hip, and who are experienced in treating children with hip problems.
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Our locations

From complex hip surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an orthopaedic appointment for your child

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced paediatric consultants who specialise in orthopaedics. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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