Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) is an uncommon, but potentially disabling condition of the hip. During the first several years of life, the hip joint undergoes development and maturation to ultimately have a round ball (the femoral head) in a round socket (the acetabulum). In cases of DDH or hip dysplasia, this developmental process is adversely affected - preventing the “normal” hip from developing. In such cases, the dysplasia can lead to premature arthritis of the hip joint.
For severe cases of arthritis caused by DDH, total hip replacement surgery is performed.
To learn more about hip dysplasia visit the website for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
As part of his volunteer efforts with Operation Walk International, in Ecuador and Guatemala, Dr. Kaper has gained extensive surgical experience in the treatment of hip dysplasia. This treatment includes surgical reconstructive hip replacement for the most challenging and difficult cases. In some of these cases, known by the Crowe classification system as Type III and IV deformities, Dr. Kaper is able to reconstruct a hip socket with a femoral shortening osteotomy or FSO, to restore as normal as possible the anatomic reconstruction of the hip and the bio-mechanical function of the hip joint.