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A Combined Procedure for High Dislocation in Patients with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
Ting-Ming Wang, MD, PhD1; Kuan-Wen Wu, MD1; Shier-Chieg Huang, MD, PhD1; Wei-Cheng Huang, MD1; Ken N. Kuo, MD2
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital, No. 7, Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan
2 School of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, 250 Wuxing Street, Taipei 11031, Taiwan. E-mail address: kennank@aol.com
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Based on an original article: J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Jun 19;95(12):1081-6.

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Copyright © 2013 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, 2013 Oct 09;3(4):e19 1-16. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.ST.M.00037
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A combined procedure including open reduction, femoral shortening osteotomy, and an acetabular procedure is often necessary to obtain a desirable result in children of walking age who have a high-riding hip dislocation.

Step 1: Surgical Approach

A careful approach to the femoral head and acetabulum is required to avoid injury to nerves, vessels, and cartilage.

Step 2: Explore the Hip Joint

Make sure to find the true acetabulum and remove all obstacles to femoral head reduction.

Step 3: Femoral Head Reducibility

Check the reducibility of the femoral head in different positions through a full range of hip motion.

Step 4: First Femoral Osteotomy

Expose the proximal part of the femur subperiosteally and make necessary markers for determining the amount of shortening and rotation at the time of osteotomy.

Step 5: Hip Joint Stability

Check femoral head reduction stability with the proximal end of the osteotomized femur.

Step 6: Femoral Shortening

Decide the amount of shortening and rotation for the best femoral head reduction.

Step 7: Pemberton Acetabuloplasty

In cases with a dysplastic acetabulum and inadequate femoral head coverage after reduction, perform a Pemberton osteotomy.

Step 8: Postoperative Management

Apply a hip spica cast, which the patient wears for six weeks; then switch to a hip abduction brace.


The patient shown in Figures 26 through 29 and Video 5 was a three-year and six-month-old girl with bilateral developmental dysplasia of the hip that was discovered late (Figs. 26 and 27).



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    Video 1 The femoral head is not reducible.

    Running Time: 0:23

    Video 2 After femoral osteotomy, the femoral head is reducible in internal rotation.

    Running Time: 0:07

    Video 3 The femoral head becomes unstable with external rotation.

    Running Time: 0:21

    Video 4 After Pemberton osteotomy, the femoral head is stable with rotation.

    Running Time: 0:20

    Video 5 Three-dimensional CT scan in 360° of rotation showing high posterior bilateral hip dislocation in the patient shown in Figures 26 through 29.

    Running Time: 0:07


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