Periacetabular osteotomy (PAO)
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What is the procedure for Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO)

This procedure, which involves changing the orientation of the hip socket in patients with hip dysplasia, can help to relieve pain and improve the range of movement in the joint, usually allowing patients to return to their normal sporting activities. It can also delay the need for total hip replacement by many years, or may even remove the need for it completely.

Occasionally, surgery is also necessary to realign the ‘ball’ part of the joint (the femoral head) as well as the socket. This is known as a femoral osteotomy. During this procedure the thigh bone is cut, realigned and held with a plate to reduce pressure in the joint.

Important

This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Every person is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Please contact us for advice if you are worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.