Embarrassing Bodies Kids: Episode 2

Hip dysplasia

2% of Babies in Europe are born with birth defects that will effect their ability to survive or function normally. The most common are missing or extra fingers or toes, abnormalities in positioning – including club foot, and spinal defects such as spina bifida. Diagnosis has been revolutionised since the widespread use of ultrasound in unborn babies, and 50% can be detected before birth. Unfortunately, this was not the case for 10 month old Oscar, whose parents Natalie and Mushtaq suspected their son had dislocation of the hip. 4 in 1000 babies are born with hip dysplasia and 8 out of 10 female. This is normally detected during newborn or 6 week checks, but if you are worried your baby may have the condition, look out for one leg being slightly shorter, extra skin creases on the hip or thigh and one hip not opening as far as the other. Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Prof. Nick Clarke explains the operation, first muscles and ligaments have to be loosened up to avoid complications. When in surgery, the muscle in the groin is cut, and dye is injected into the joint, this will allow the doctor to see what is obstructing the hip joint. At this point the hip may be moved into place without surgery, however in Oscar’s case, a ligament needs to be removed for the hip to go back into place. After surgery, Oscar spends 18 weeks in plaster to ensure the joint stays in place.

The EB team would like to thank:

Steps Charity
Southampton General Hospital

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i'm 26 and i too have this problem, i've had 2 ops to try to put it right and still i have alot of pain which has stopped me doing simple things like riding a bike.....i had my son checked for it too and thankfully he didn't have it......i do however think it's stupid that doctors wait untill me and other like me have to wait until we're in so much pain before they will do anything and most of the time all they do is give crappy pain killers that don't even work!





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im 29 i was born with clicky hip it was not detected at birth. i had frog splints for a while but i still to this day suffer in the winter its worse there is are so many things it stops me from doing there is nothing more they can do for me at this stage ive been told in time i will need a hip replacement. i was offerd obe op but had was told it was 50/50 and it may not last and could end up worse off that was to brake my pelvic bone and bring it round.if i have kids could they have it to?





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my daughter had hip scan when sh was born as doctors "thought" she had clicking hips, 6wks after we had scan which showed she had very bad hip displaysia. she had soft body wear thing to wear which held her bad leg up in place and every Wednesday we went to hospital where doctors washed her and re fitted. after 3 months she had scan an unfortunately this didn't work, she then wore a brace for 3 months which again was unsuccessful, at the age of 8 she is still receiving hip operations and recently had op involving bone graft. she has had few awful hard spike casts which involved metal bar keeping her legs in position and apart. from early on we were told this was quite common and would be fixed but now has proven more difficult and being td that later on in life she will need a hip replacement. this does not stop her doing much, she is easily tired and walks little bit squint but she just seems to get on with it. it's very hard however watching her go through all these operations but in a way she is so use to it she just soldiers on!





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I was born with hip dysplasia and it was not detected until I was 18months old Once detected I received treatment including traction, and a frog plaster for just under a year. To this day I still suffer with sharp pains which cause discomfort, it is getting to the point where I struggle to walk at times. I have been seeing my GP and consultant about the pains, and they have advised me that they can’t do anything until the pain is unbearable, and I can no longer walk! Is this really the case? I’m 24! It seems crazy that there is absolutely nothing anyone can do and that I just have to deal with it. It has started to affect my day to day life. Is there really nothing else I or the doctors can do?





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i took my daughter back to see the surgeon yesterday, and she has to have another procedure and most prob be put back into cast. Im so upset as i thought it was the end the last time she had the spica on





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My son had DDH and fortunatly it was detected at birth. Whilst the treatment last for 6 months we were lucky that we had only to deal with him wearing a harness,although I was told to prepare for a cast as the dislocation was so servere. The hardest thing I found was not knowing someone who had experienced the same thing and felt quiet alone. There is a fantastic group on facebook called babyhips.ie where there are people in simililar situations to other parents and carers dealing with this and is a great source of support. Just remember this is a treatable condition and even though at the time it feels traumatic the kids go on to lead normal lives, my son certainly runs me raggednow with his football and athlectics!!!





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hi i am 13 also and also have clicky hips which is causing me a lot of pain is here anything i can do about it and could i have hip dysplasia?? thank u x





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my daughter had a clicky hip when she was born , an she was sent for an ultra sound an they said she was fine . but now she still has one extra crease in one thigh , what does this mean ? should i have her re checked ?





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My daughter has hip displasia they detected it when she was one day old, she was in a pavlic harness for 12 weeks which didnt do anything, then she had manipulation and went into hip spica which also didnt work so she had invasive surgery to try and rectify the problem which was very hard to watch my baby girl go through, she also went into broomstick cast now she is 15 months old and nearly walking but unfortunatly the hip bone is still too shallow she has a hospital appointment next week which i have no idea what they are goin to do next, there is not enough information for parents and i was so scared as i didnt know what was goin to happen well done to embarrasing bodies for raising awarness





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my son has an extra creasein his thigh and walks with a limp (slightly lop-sided) he has had an x-ray which came back normal. could he have hip dysplasia??





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