Developmental dysplasia of the hip

Understanding anatomy using technology

The anatomy of patients with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) can be complex. In order to reconstruct these patients, the anatomy has to be understood. The use of CT scanning and 3D reconstruction is an invaluable tool to aid surgeons in understanding this complex anatomy and planning for the surgery prior to the operation.

There are special considerations involved when reconstructing a dysplastic hip, due to the complications of leg length discrepancies, discrepancies in the centre of hip rotation and the surrounding soft tissue. Lengthening the leg can lead to soft tissue damage, however leaving a leg length discrepancy can have bad consequences for the patients quality of life.