SCFE is a disorder which usually occurs in adolescents shortly after the onset of puberty. In this condition the ball present at the end of the thigh bone or femur slips backwards due to weakness of the growth plate in children. This condition can be treated with the help of a surgical procedure which involves correction of the condition by redirecting the femoral head back into its position.
Femoral head redirection surgery for SCFE is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon makes an incision near the hip and a cut is made over the thigh bone. The ball (at the head of the thigh bone) is re-positioned into the hip socket with the help of a metal plate. These plates are very strong so that they can hold the bone in place. Your child will be referred to physical therapy after the surgery to assist your child to walk and for strengthening exercises.
This surgery may be associated with a few complications such as infections at the site of the surgery and sometimes fractures. However, these complications are very rare.Children mostly respond well to the surgical treatment.
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