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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.

Patient Name: Oscar
Condition: Developmental Dysplasia of the hip
Specialist: Professor Nicholas Clarke, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hospital: Southampton General Hospital, NHS
Length of Treatment: 1 week in traction and approximately 1 hour in surgery.

Please visit Patient UK to find out more about Hip Dysplasia

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My baby has to wear a plastic cast as she has DDH for 6 weeks we take it off for 1 hour a day when i put to sleep at night in her cot should she be proped up with somthing as she looks so uncomfurtable thanks .





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My daughter was diagnosed with congenital hip at 8months old she had spiked casts twice and had a open reduction. She is 15years old and she has very painfully knee joins her knee sockets don't look like they are in the right position and we where told that she may have problems with the position of the knee caps. What would happen if the knee sockets are out of line.





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My granddaughter was diagnosed with hip dysplasia as a baby and had casts on in a frog position, she is 11 now and walks with her out and note a great lover of pe etc although a good swimmer don't know whether to get a referralto a consultant or does this happen with some children. Thanks





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Thanks everyone for all the posts. I''ve not seen the show, but I stumbled across your posts while searching the web for info on treatment for DDH on baby's 18month plus. I'm petrified, my daughter will be left with a long term disability and like many of you, I went to my doctor on three occasions about her hip locking and when she started to walk her left leg appeared to have a limp. The Dr. put it down to her growing and said they have a gateway upto 24months where they may appear off balance. Luckily my nursey also picked this up, so I refused to take his word for it after the 3rd time, and requested he referred me on. From there my daughter was diagnosed with DDH and is now on a waiting list to be seen. My main priority is getting her seen before the chance of full recovery is slim. We still feel unsure as to what will be of it all, hence feeling petrified, and annoyed it wasnt picked up sooner, as we have yet to have the ink X-ray (anthagram) and from there we will know the severity of the operations.





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Dear Jen, Give the STEPS charity a call on 01925 750 271. They are a lovely bunch of people whose main purpose is to give advice, help and support to parents who have children with DDH. Also, find out from your hospital how long you should wait before expecting to hear from them. It always worth chasing things up. I have 2 children (baby and toddler) who had DDH and are recovering extremely well now. However, 18 months is a pivotal age for treatment. Best wishes.

Dear Jen, Give the STEPS charity a call on 01925 750 271. They are a lovely bunch of people whose main purpose is to give advice, help and support to parents who have children with DDH. Also, find out from your hospital how long you should wait before expecting to hear from them. It always worth chasing things up. I have 2 children (baby and toddler) who had DDH and are recovering extremely well now. However, 18 months is a pivotal age for treatment. Best wishes.

Hello,my daughter has been having problem with her hipsince she was one year old I took her for arthrogram when she was four the doctor said nerves are still grow in one leg and her hip bone is not in the socket nothing was done to fixed it my daughter can't walk 100 yards she will be complaining of hip pain and can't walk and her appointment this August I was told she is got mild hip fixed flexion deformity and was told to be having physio which I think she doesn't need this is putting a big strain on me because I still use pushchair for a five year old child because she can't walk far can you advise me on what to do please thank you.





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My name is Susan jones I am 59 years, 4 weeks ago I had a full hip replacement on my left hip,when I returned hop feeling well apart from groin pain, I was just sitting down in a correct position, reached for a pen and mt hip dislocated, I thought I would die, it took 19 hours for a surgeon to put it back in, I am know in a very uncomfortable brace, has a lover of swimming and other sport, I feel extremely vulnerable , how can they tell it is in correctly ,why am I in so much pain, my husband suffers from dementia and other major illness , I have no help, and when I came out of surgery, the next morning a nurse came to get me up, she pulled my legs over to the side of the bed,catching my bad leg by the foot in the bottom of the bed, I screamed stop stop, she just said you have to help your self, and walked of, leaving me with this dreadful pain in the groin, later that day, I was put into another room on IV, with a extremely hight temperature , and a major chest infection, I was in hospital nine days, then back for a further five, I am at my wits end looking for answers and so worried with my caring duties to my husband who can be evil to me at times, I feel like I am living in a cell, please help, regards Susan





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My daughter was diagnosed with hip dysplasia when she was 3 months old. She has been on the Pavlik Harness and the Milgram cast for 9 months now and at 15 months the doc said that she was all set for now, that no treatment was good at 15 months and that there might be a chance she woould have to be operated on when she was 3 or 4 Years old, Her ángles are at 29 (left hip) and 26 (right hip). Why was she given the go and what is there a chance of surgery if she was given the go?





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I was diagnosed with left and right DDH as a newborn and spent almost a year in harnesses and casts from when I was 6 months old. I am now nearly 18 and stuffer from hip problems. I have been very sporty having been a ballet dancer, horse rider and swimmer. My left hip is concerning me as it aches when I sit, stand and walk. I have been going to the Physo on and off for the past 2 years about this pain and it has eased with treatment of the muscles around it but lately this isn't working. my hip often clicks and I have to pop my ball out of the socket to ease the pain. I have also been forced to give up ballet. Should I be concerned the my DDH has reacurred? Is this possible? And more importantly, will this effect me in later life with having children?





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I was diagnosed with hip dysphasia at 37 and had two hip replacements 3 years ago. My 9 year old daughter has now developed groin pain and has been diagnosed with hip dysphasia She is constantly in pain and is becoming depressed. Consultant has offered acetabularplasty which i believe is a fairly big invasive procedure and we are going for a 2nd opinion soon. The consultant also said he believed the procedure would be hugely beneficial in elevating the pain and that bryony could go on and lead a normal life without the need for more surgery later. However the testimonials of other hip patients contradict this. I am so unsure of where to go from here but it is killing me seeing my beautiful little girl in pain. Any advise would be greatly appreciated





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My daughter was diagnosed at 2days old with bilateral ddh,she's had pavlik harness, traction, closed and open reductions, a number of spica casts and braces all of which have failed :((( recently she has had a pemberton osteotomy and a salters osteotomy both followed by spica casts, she is cast free now with the last 7wks and walking around the place, all her xrays look good so far, but still our consultant cant guarantee that this will be the end of her treatment!!!!





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