A hip osteotomy is surgery to cut, reshape, and reposition the bones of the pelvis or legs.

The Hip Joint
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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Poor bone healing
  • Shortening of the leg
  • The ball of the hip does not fit well into the socket
  • Injuries to nerves or blood vessels

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity



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