Hip Preservation Program
Hip disorders are among the most common bone and joint problems in children. Many hip disorders in adults actually begin in childhood but are not identified as there is no pain or movement problem. If hip conditions are not recognized, they can cause severe damage to the hip joint and may ultimately lead to hip arthritis. Early diagnosis and treatment of these hip disorders may delay or even completely prevent hip arthritis as an adult.
The Texas Children’s Hip Preservation Program treats patients from birth to 55 years of age for hip pain, injury or any known hip disorder.
The program is specifically focused on accurate and timely diagnoses and providing state-of-the-art treatment aimed at preserving the hip joint and restoring normal function and activities.
Texas Children's Hospital is the only multidisciplinary hip preservation program in Houston and the only program that can provide the full spectrum of therapies to tailor each patient’s plan of care: physical therapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiology and injections, open surgery, osteotomy and hip arthroscopy.
While other programs specialize in treating and replacing a damaged hip, Texas Children's focuses on preventing damage and restoring function through techniques in hip preservation.
Hip problems can appear in different ways. Knowing the signs can help recognize a problem. Signs your child may have a hip problem:
- Hip, knee or thigh pain
- Walking with one or both feet pointed outward
- Loss of hip flexibility
- An unstable feeling in the hip
- A difference in leg length
Our expert team of specialists treats a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including:
- Hip pain
- Hip injuries
- Snapping hips (coxa saltans)
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Labral tear
- Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis)
- Developmental or congenital dysplasia of the hip (DDH or CDH)
- Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCPD)
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
In addition, we are members of research and advocacy groups focused on learning more about hip conditions in children.
- International Perthes Study Group (IPSG)
- Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR)
- International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI)
These groups perform research and provide current, objective information about hip problems to patients and their families and the medical community.
New FDA Warning About Prolonged Anesthesia in Children Less Than 3 Years of Age
On Dec. 14, 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement regarding the potential effect of anesthetics on children younger than 3 years of age. Recent studies suggest that a single, relatively short exposure to general anesthetic and sedation drugs in infants or toddlers is unlikely to have negative effects on behavior or learning. However, further research is needed to fully characterize how early life anesthetic exposure affects children’s brain development.