Slipped capital femoral epiphysis

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Slipped capital femoral epiphysis happens when the epiphysis bone slips off the growth plate into an incorrect position. Learn what to expect before, during and after the operation.

Key points

  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis happens when the head of the thigh bone slips down and backward relative to the neck of the thigh bone.
  • Your child will probably need an operation. The operation will depend on the type of slip.
  • After the operation, your child will need to use crutches for six weeks.
  • Call the surgeon if your child has redness, swelling, or green or yellow drainage from the incision; more pain; or pain in the other hip.
Last updated: December 29th 2009