Pediatric Hip Disorder Research

Orthopaedic clinicians at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are actively researching a range of hip disorders. Orthopaedic doctors regularly collaborate with The Center for Applied Genomics at CHOP, one of the world's largest genetics research programs and the only center at a pediatric hospital to have large-scale access to state-of-the-art throughput genotyping technology.

CHOP is also a major contributor to collaborative orthopaedic research on a national and international scale. Our orthopaedic surgeons are members of the Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR), the International Perthes Study Group and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Each study group is comprised of leading surgeons and researchers who have pioneered and studied methods for hip preservation surgery in patients with a variety of hip disorders.

Current hip research at CHOP includes:

  • Identifying genes related to specific genetic disorders (Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis)
  • Examining surgical outcomes (periacetabular osteotomy surgery, head-realignment surgery, hip-conserving surgery)
  • Tracking long-term outcomes for infant hip dysplasia
  • Optimizing treatment for Down syndrome patients with hip disorders

With research, orthopaedic leaders at CHOP hope to be able to better predict hip conditions and treat them before many of the symptoms begin. 

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