Open reduction for developmental dysplasia of the hip

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An open reduction is a surgical procedure performed on children with more severe hip dislocation that cannot be treated any other way. Learn how the procedure is done and what follow-up care your child will need.

Key points

  • Open reduction is a complicated surgery where the hip joint is opened up so that any tissue blocking the ball of the femur from going back into the hip socket is cleared out, and the hip joint is repaired to hold the ball in the socket.
  • Surgery occurs while the child is asleep under general anaesthesia.
  • The child is placed in a single leg hip spica cast after the surgery, which is then removed at a clinic visit at approximately 6 weeks post-surgery.
Last updated: October 17th 2022