The hip is made of a bowl shape socket on the pelvis and a ball at the top of the leg bone. A hip osteotomy is a surgery to cut, reshape, and reposition the bones of the pelvis or legs.

The Hip Joint
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Possible Complications

Complications are rare. But no procedure is completely free of risk. The doctor will review a list of possible complications, including:

  • Incomplete healing of the bone
  • Shortening of the leg
  • Bleeding
  • Ball cannot be fit into the socket
  • Infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Injuries to nerves or blood vessels
  • Nausea and vomiting

Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

  • Smoking
  • Chronic disease such as diabetes or asthma



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

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