Treatment of hip joint dysplasia

Treatment of hip joint dysplasia


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Description of the disease

Hip dysplasia is a congenital luxation or subluxation of the hip, often being intrauterine. It is one of the most common congenital disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Most scientists claim that girls suffer from this disease more often than boys. The statistics show a ratio of 6:1.

The main causes of dysplasia are as follows:

  • heredity (ethnicity);
  • sex;
  • the influence of female sex hormones, relaxin;
  • breech or foot presentation of the fetus;
  • insufficient amount of amniotic fluid.

When can dysplasia be suspected?

There are many options for how to determine dysplasia, but their accuracy is questionable:

  • Perhaps the most popular method that any mother has heard about is by the asymmetry of skin folds. Each human being is individual, therefore, the development of hypodermic tissue is not an indicator at all.
  • Different leg length. It is rarely possible to suspect dysplasia by this criterion. Few people manage to see the difference with the naked eye, because much depends on how the baby is laid.
  • Limitation of mobility of the leg. This is noticed in children older than a year, but especially vigilant grandparents may pay attention earlier. The reason may be a small diaper, an uncomfortable mattress and a number of other nuances. This method is not reliable as well.

The “gold standard” of diagnostics is considered to be X-ray examination which allows to sort things out. It must be taken in the age three months for all children without exception to diagnose the disease in time.

Ultrasound is considered a more modern method. It is often used in hospitals, but this is just a waste of money and time because the data obtained don’t show an accurate and complete picture of the pathology.

Treatment of dysplasia

The most important point in treatment of the disease is timely diagnostics. At the initial stages, the treatment of dysplasia is possible with help of special orthopedic constructions: Pavlik harness, Gnevkovsky device, Freyk’s pillow etc. This is done for up to twelve months. Constant wearing of constructions is an integral part of treatment. In the absence of positive results, surgery is recommended by the age of one year.

There are many articles on the Internet about the treatment of dysplasia, from the technique of wide swaddling to invasive procedures. You should remember though, that if there is a slightest suspicion of a congenital luxation you need to consult with a professional doctor immediately, without getting involved in folk medicine, as it can make the situation worse.

In case of this pathology, there is no time to lose. An experienced orthopedist will diagnose the disease accurately and properly and then will prescribe the correct treatment.

Surgical treatment of dysplasia

The need of surgery in case of hip dysplasia makes parents worried. It is necessary to realize the importance of treatment and the consequences that a grown-up child will face if it is absent. The operation for hip dysplasia at Ladisten Clinic belongs to the category of minimally invasive procedures. Its duration is 30 minutes.

Low invasiveness and blood loss contribute to rapid recovery. Any large scars that may be a reason of discomfort or embarrassment in the future, won’t remain on the child’s body.

In nine out of ten clinical cases, patients who didn’t receive the necessary treatment in time may get several complications:

  • coxarthrosis;
  • motor disabilities of the leg;
  • cosmetic deformities;
  • neoarthrosis (formation of a new pathological joint).

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Founder/Chief surgeon

Veklich Vitaliy Viktorovich

The founder of “Ladisten” medical center of orthopedics and traumatology Veklich Vitaliy Viktorovich is a surgeon in the field of orthopedics and traumatology for children and adults who has been practicing for more than 35 years. Author of the modified external fixation devices – the Veklich devices.

Work experience: 40 years
Head doctor, orthopedic and traumatic surgeon

Veklich Viktoria

Head doctor of the Ladisten Clinic Medical Center, a professional certified surgeon in the field of pediatric and adult orthopedics and traumatology.

Work experience: 6 years

Oleg Medvedev

Doctor of Medicine, anesthesiologist

Work experience: 27 years


After receiving the results of diagnostic tests, the doctor chooses a treatment plan and gives a consultation. He answers the questions of the patient (or his/her parents, if the treatment is carried out for the child), voices the price, tells about the predicted results and possible complications, agrees on the date of the surgical procedure. It is advisable to arrive at the medical center 2-3 days before the appointed date of the operation, which would allow the patient to take all needed tests, prepare psychologically, and consult with the anesthesiologist. The operation itself lasts for 30 minutes.


The rehabilitation is carried out by using the Veklich fixation device. The experts determine the size and shape of the construction individually, depending on the anatomy of the child’s legs and the exact diagnosis. In total, the time for the device to be worn and the entire recovery period last about two months and depend on the individual characteristics of the body and severity of the pathology.