My youngest daughter was diagnosed with a dislocated left hip on August 31, 2011 when she was 15 months old and had open reduction surgery on November 1, 2011 at the University of Iowa.
I was very lost when we first discovered this problem. It’s devastating to learn a child has a problem that could impact her during her entire life. It’s also not overly common and can be hard to know where to turn. I’ve decided to blog about it in the hopes that it helps someone else out there! You can read about through our story here.
Here’s a video of Sara walking prior to surgery. We found the hip problem because she limped with she first started walking.
Here’s what happened the day of Sara’s surgery.
Here’s how we survived the first week in the spica cast.
Here’s how we’re diapering in the spica.
Spica Cast Cut OFF Day – Tips & Tricks
Here is information on traction, if that’s an option for you.
And here are some very helpful links if you’re looking for more information about DDH:
Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia by Betsy Miller
And here are a few blogs about DDH you may find useful:
Our Tattered Angles – DDH in Utah
Maisie’s Hippy Adventures – DDH in the UK
The Trouble with Triplets – Also in the UK
Lauren & Brayden’s Journey – Vancouver, BC family dealing with DDH
If you’re facing DDH and have a particular question or concern you would like me to blog about, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’d love to hear how I can help you.