Closed reduction for developmental dysplasia of the hip

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A closed reduction is a surgical procedure used to correct severe hip dysplasia. Learn what happens during a closed reduction, why it is done, and what follow-up care your child will need.

Key points

  • Closed reduction is a common type of surgical operation used to correct severe hip dysplasia that was not able to be effectively treated with non-surgical treatment methods (i.e., Pavlik harness or fixed abduction brace).
  • The procedure involves putting the child under general anesthesia, making a small incision to surgically release a tendon in the groin, gently manipulating the hip back into the socket and then casting the child’s legs with a spica cast.
  • The spica cast is typically worn for 3 to 4 months post-surgery and is usually changed at the halfway point.
  • While the surgery is generally successful, some cases may develop complications requiring further surgical treatment.
Last updated: October 17th 2022