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Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery

Surgery to correct the hip bones of babies

If your baby has developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) HCA UK provides open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery.

About DDH

Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery is carried out by HCA UK to correct developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in babies.

DDH causes the ball-and-socket joint of the hips to not form properly in babies and young children, and is also known as congenital hip dislocation or hip dysplasia. About one in every 1,000 babies have DDH.

Need to know

  • How is DDH diagnosed, and what happens during surgery? icon plus

    DDH is usually diagnosed soon after birth and your GP or consultant will take an ultrasound scan of your baby to assess the extent of their condition.

    Open reduction and hip reconstruction surgery is usually performed if previous closed reduction (minimally invasive) surgery hasn’t worked. It is carried out under general anaesthetic and involves placing the ball joint of the femur (thigh bone) back into the acetabulum (hip socket).

    During the open reduction and hip reconstruction procedure, the consultant will make a cut in the groin and the hip joint is opened up. The damaged tissue is then removed and the hip is then aligned into the socket.
  • How to prepare for your child's surgery icon plus

    Open reduction and hip reconstruction is generally a very safe procedure. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have about your child’s surgery.
  • After surgery icon plus

    After the procedure, your child will be placed into a special cast known as a spica cast to ensure their hip remains in its newly aligned position. The cast will need to be changed every six weeks, and may be worn for three to six months. After the spica cast is removed, your child may need to wear a hip abduction brace for a few weeks to provide extra support.

    Your child’s consultant will also advise you on how to manage your child’s recovery and when they can get back to their usual daily routines. Usually, a year is needed for most children to fully recover.

Our paediatric hip consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts specialising in the hip, and who are experienced in treating children with hip problems.
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Our locations

From complex hip surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • Platinum Medical Centre facility

    Platinum Medical Centre

    Platinum Medical Centre, 15 - 17 Lodge Road

    London

    NW8 7JA

    Call 020 7483 5148

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    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road

    London SW3 5AW

    Call 020 7881 4114
    Opening times 8am - 8pm

  • Institute of Sport Exercise and Health Facility

    Institute of Sport Exercise and Health

    170 Tottenham Court Road

    London

    W1T 7HA

    Call 020 3447 2800
    [Mon | Weds | Fri] 8am - 8pm
    [Tues | Thurs] 8am - 8pm

Request an orthopaedic appointment for your child

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced paediatric consultants who specialise in orthopaedics. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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