Hip Dysplasia is a congenital or developmental deformation misalignment of the hip joint.
The hip is a ball and socket joint. In a healthy hip the ball (the femoral head), which is the upper end of the femur, fits firmly in to the socket which is formed by the acetabulum.
In a dysplastic hip the hip joint has not formed normally. The acetabulum is shallow and the femoral head cannot fit firmly into the socket. This greatly increases the risk of dislocation. In some cases the ligaments that assist in holding the joint in place are stretched. The degree of hip dysplasia and hip instability can vary.
The aim of surgery for hip dysplasia is to restore an anatomical centre of rotation whilst maintaining sufficient bony coverage for a stable and firmly fitting femoral head and acetabulum while also ensuring excess tension is not put on the sciatic nerve.
Please find below information on hip dysplasia surgical procedures, what to expect prior to and during surgery as well as post hip dysplasia surgery recovery information.
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