Subluxation of the hip joint during femoral lengthening

M. Salai*, A. Chechick, A. Ganel, A. Blankstein, H. Horoszowski

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Three cases of subluxation of the hip joint occurred during femoral lengthening using the Wagner technique. This infrequent complication, which may result from a conflict of force vectors at the hip joint during lengthening, can, when left untreated, nullify the benefits of such a procedure. We suggest that increased awareness and closer monitoring can improve the prognosis for patients undergoing this course of therapy, especially where a previous hip operation has been performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-644
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1985


  • Femoral lengthening
  • Hip joint subluxation
  • Surgical treatment


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