A hip osteotomy is a surgical procedure in which the hip bones are cut, realigned, and fixed in a new position. The procedure is usually performed on patients who have developmental conditions such hip dysplasia, and who develop early arthritis of the hip joint.
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There are several different types of hip osteotomies and an orthopedic surgeon will determine which surgery is right for the patient depending on the shape of the socket. One of the more common hip osteotomy procedures is known as a femoral osteotomy.
A femoral osteotomy is a surgical procedure in which the femur is cut and repositioned before being pinned in place. It is used to treat both congenital conditions and acquired deformities. During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the upper thigh and detaches muscles to reach the femur. Then the bone is cut and repositioned, and the bone is pinned in place with a metal plate. A femoral osteotomy may involve a repositioning of the femur, or a complete alteration of the shape of the bone.
After undergoing a hip osteotomy, the patient will require several weeks of physical therapy. Though a cast will not be required, the patient will need to use crutches for some time. The orthopedic surgeon will require follow up examinations to confirm that the bone is healing correctly and an additional surgery will eventually be scheduled to remove the metal plate. Like all surgeries, there is a risk of complications with a hip osteotomy. Infection can develop after surgery and there is also a risk of avascular necrosis, a condition in which the blood supply to the bone is interrupted. Every step is taken by the surgeon to minimize such complications.
Q: Is a hip osteotomy performed under anesthesia?
Yes. A hip osteotomy is performed under general anesthesia.
Q: Is hip dysplasia a condition that runs in the family? Is it more prevalent in males or females?
Yes, hip dysplasia is a condition that tends to run in families. It is more common in girls than boys.
Q: When can I drive a car again after a hip osteotomy?
Left hip surgery patients may drive and automatic vehicle as soon as they are off medications. Right hip surgery patients may drive an automatic vehicle after they are off medications and when they have regained strength and muscle coordination. This usually occurs 3 to 4 weeks after surgery.
Q: When can I return to work/school after a hip osteotomy?
Patients will typically return to work or school 4 weeks after surgery. Patients who are required to stand, bend or squat while working may not be able to return for 2 to 3 months.
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