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SCFE is a problem that needs urgent attention. If your child has SCFE, they will need surgery so that the ball does not slip off the bone any farther.

Surgery for Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

During this operation, the doctor will probably reposition the slip in the hip. Then, the doctor will make a small cut (incision) near your child’s hip. The doctor will put a metal screw through the bone and the growth plate in the cap of the femoral head. This helps make the bone stable.

Often, children can leave the hospital on the same day as the surgery, or on the day after.

The goal of this first treatment is to stabilize the ball and prevent it from moving any more. We do not try to put the bone back in place. Doing that could create a problem with the blood flow to the ball of the hip joint.

If the ball position causes problems after your child has healed following surgery, they may need surgery to reposition the ball. This may improve motion and function of their hip.

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