Hip Disorders

Because children and adolescents are still growing, treatment of hip disorders and injuries requires special expertise. Our team of orthopedic experts are specially trained to understand the unique needs of children and have years of experience diagnosing and treating complex hip problems in children.

The team includes:

Conditions we treat

  • Hip fractures
  • Legg-Calves-Perthes disease (Perthes)
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Infantile and adolescent hip dysplasia
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)

Some hip conditions in children lead to hip replacement. Because hip replacements wear out over time, it is often better to wait as long as possible before the surgery. The comprehensive hip preservation program works to delay or even eliminate the need for hip replacements in childhood or adolescence. In collaboration with adult orthopedic specialists from Campbell Clinic, Le Bonheur orthopedic surgeons work to address complex hip conditions in children, ensuring proper diagnosis and treatment before and into adulthood.

"There is a new field in orthopaedics that allows us to diagnose and treat children and young adolescents with hip disorders that benefit from ‘hip preservation.’ This means we treat hip problems that would normally lead to early arthritis of the hip. We try to preserve complete use of their hip and delay the risk and onset of early arthritis of the hip." — James Beaty, MD


If surgery is needed, we have the largest and most experienced team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the region. All of our surgeons are members of Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics and are board certified. Surgical procedures performed in the hip program include:

  • Surgical hip dislocation
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Periacetabular osteotomy
  • Acetabuloplasty
  • Proximal femoral osteotomy


Our experts believe in contributing to the knowledge base for pediatric hip disorders, and Dr. Derek Kelly is part of the International Perthes Study Group – a multi-center research study evaluating Perthes in children. Connect with the group.