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Femoral Head Resection

Why is this surgery recommended?

This procedure is a salvage surgery. When hip displacement is identified at its late stages, the head of the femur (ball) may have already changed shape.

CT of a dislocated hip with changes to the head of the femur

When this happens reconstructive surgery is no longer possible and a salvage surgery may be the only option.

This procedure may be done to help alleviate any pain or discomfort in a dislocated hip.

What happens during the surgery?

Your child’s surgeon will make a cut on the outside of your child’s hip.

Your child’s surgeon removes the head of the femur and it is discarded.

X-rays showing progressive hip displacement with eventual femoral head resection

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