Why Choose CHOP for DDH Treatment

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is one of the most experienced centers in the country for treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). Surgeons at CHOP have established the use of alternative braces (abduction braces) for infants who have failed standard Pavlik harness treatment and for those with mild amounts of residual shallowness of the hip socket (residual dysplasia) even after successful treatment. 

For infants who need closed reduction and spica casting, CHOP is the only center in the region routinely using perfusion MRI to ensure adequate blood flow to your child’s hips in order to decrease the risk of avascular necrosis. If your child does need an incision (open reduction) to put the hip back in the socket, he will benefit from CHOP’s extensive experience with this type of surgery. 

Any child with DDH needs to be followed as they grow into an adult to be sure the hip sockets develops appropriately; continuity of care is very important. When treated at CHOP, your child will benefit from the long-term care offered by our Young Adult Hip Preservation Program, which provides care for teenagers and young adults who may have lingering effects of their DDH.

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Second Surgical Opinion from a CHOP Expert

Our referral nurse navigator can give your family timely access to world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in every specialty.

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Why Choose CHOP for Hip Disorders

The Hip Disorder Program at CHOP is one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hip programs in the country.