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Correll Johannes M.D.; Gabler, Christoph M.D.
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Part B: June 2000
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Walking and standing capacity in myelomeningocele is highly dependent on the level of the neurological lesion. Deformities, mainly flexion deformities, of the hip can severely interfere with mobility. In a retrospective study, undertaken in our hospital, we evaluated the role of soft tissue release of the hip in patients with hip flexion contractures. A special surgical technique was performed in 55 hips. The results show a good effect on verticalization, even if the hip joints cannot be extended actively. A subluxated or dislocated hip did not influence the final outcome. During the mean follow-up of approximately 4 years, only a slight recurrence of the former deformity was observed. Most of the patients obtained great advantage from the operation.

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