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Femoral Head with Valgus Osteotomy

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. Click for larger version.

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?

This surgery is similar to a femoral head resection, but after removing the ball (head of the femur), your child’s surgeon then tips the top of the thigh bone (femur) outwards so that part of it rests against the hip socket. It will be held in place by a plate and screws.

X-ray of dislocated hip with fermoral head (ball) changes. Click for larger version.

X-ray of hip after a valgus osteotomy. Click for larger version.

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