Early diagnosis of hip dysplasia can lead to an easier and a more successful treatment which is why screening is essential to diagnose the disorder in infancy. Babies with hip dysplasia will often require a hip brace to hold the femur into the acetabulum. This will encourage the ligaments to tighten to hold the femur in place. The type of brace and the length of time wearing the brace depend on the extent of the dysplasia. Bracing the hips and legs results in a high rate of successful treatment and its associated with very low rates of significant complications.
Occasionally, where the hip has dislocated and cannot be manipulated back into place, surgery will be required to put the femur back into the acetabulum. This would then be followed by a period of time in cast and then brace treatment. This treatment is uncommon and would be discussed at length with you by your surgeon.