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Hip Preservation Program

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Medical personnel examine a hip bone model in the Hip Preservation Program at Children's Mercy..

The orthopedic specialists at Children’s Mercy work together with our physical therapists, radiologists, and pain management team to provide the best possible care for children and teens with hip conditions that require physical therapy, surgery or other treatments.

What is hip preservation?

Hip preservation is a treatment approach that aims to relieve painful symptoms, restore hip function, and allow young people to participate in an active lifestyle alongside their friends. Our therapeutic and surgical interventions can help preserve the life of your child’s own hip and delay or avoid a total hip replacement.

Most families come to our Hip Preservation Program because their child or teen is experiencing hip pain. We have a variety of assessments and imaging studies that help our care team determine the cause of your child’s hip pain. Then, we will develop a treatment plan together that works for each individual patient.

Hip care from pediatric specialists

Children’s Mercy has the only pediatric hip preservation program in the Kansas City area. Three of our board-certified physicians have more than 60 years of combined experience in treating hip conditions in children and teens. For complex cases, a multidisciplinary team meets monthly to discuss and find the best course of treatment for each child.

Diagnosing hip conditions in children

Radiology (or medical imaging) is used to diagnose hip conditions. Your care team will partner with Children's Mercy radiologists to get images of your child's hip.

Accredited by the American College of Radiology

Children's Mercy is a pediatric-specific facility that uses imaging instruments dedicated to imaging children. All our CT scanners are state of the art and recently purchased, and are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), as are our technologists and radiologists.

We follow Image Gently protocols, which call for using the lowest possible dose of radiation to ensure safer imaging for kids.

Using our EOS low-dose imaging system, our team of experts can create 3D models of your child’s hip anatomy to help the surgical team clearly understand your child’s unique condition before surgery. We also offer other types of diagnostic imaging, including:

  • CT scan with 3-D reconstruction

  • 3-D printer to create models of complex anatomy to better plan for surgical intervention, including measurements of femoral version and pelvic balance

  • MRI cartilage mapping and MRI arthrogram to assess for labral injury

  • Radiographic evaluation that includes specialized views of the proximal femur and pelvis

Learn more about our expertise and types of diagnostic imaging.


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  • Comprehensive clinical evaluation of your child’s condition

  • Team-based approach to care, especially for complex cases

  • Physical therapy for sports and non-sports related injuries

  • Surgical treatment, including surgical hip dislocation, Bernese periacetabular osteotomy, and femoral osteotomy


  • Hip dysplasia

  • Femoral acetabular impingement—CAM, pincer and combined

  • Perthes disease

  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis

  • Sports-related hip disorders (together with Sports Medicine Center)

  • Post-traumatic hip deformity

  • Avascular necrosis and osteonecrosis

  • Skeletal dysplasia

  • Neuromuscular conditions

  • Bladder exstrophy (together with Urology)

  • Other developmental or acquired hip disorders

Schedule an appointment

If you feel your child could benefit from the Hip Preservation Program, ask your primary care provider for a referral, or call (816) 234-3075 for more information.