Pediatric hip conditions can affect children at any age. Hip dysplasia is a condition where the hip socket does not form correctly and can be associated with hip dislocation at birth or abnormal development of the socket as the child grows. If pediatric hip dysplasia is left untreated, it can lead to early hip problems in adulthood, including hip arthritis. Your child's pediatric orthpaedic surgeon may try nonsurgical methods to help the hip develop normally, such as braces or casts.

Some pediatric hip conditions require surgical treatment in order to allow the hip joint to develop normally. These procedures may include cutting and realigning the pelvic and thigh bones and reconstructing the hip joint, procedures known as pelvic and femoral osteotomies. Some osteotomies are appropriate only in small children, while others may be beneficial for older children with hip dysplasia. One such osteotomy, the periacetabular or "Ganz" osteotomy, may prevent the development of early arthritis in older children with hip dysplasia. Emory is one of a small number of centers in the region where this osteotomy is performed.