The Morscher osteotomy through surgical hip dislocation focuses on relative lengthening of the femoral neck while decreasing limb length discrepancy at the same time. This procedure also allows your surgeon to address all deformities and intra-articular lesions through the same approach.

Indications / Candidacy

Morscher osteotomy through surgical hip dislocation can benefit patients who present with hip pain that is caused by proximal femoral growth disturbances. These are commonly seen in patients who have Legg-Calvé Perthes disease (LCPD) or complications of a previous surgery for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).

Good candidates for this surgery may have:

  • Previous trauma to the hip leading to deformities of the head and neck of the femur
  • These are commonly seen in adult or pediatric patients who have Legg-Calvé Perthes disease (LCPD) or complications of a previous surgery for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).
  • Post Legg-Calvé Perthes deformities of the hip
  • Pain related to poor hip biomechanics that worsens with activity
  • Painful and decreased range of motion related to hip deformities

Treated Conditions

The Canadian Limb Lengthening Center offers a team of experienced surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists that make patients feel supported throughout their entire treatment process. Our ability to treat complex orthopedic conditions with a holistic approach gives our patients the best possible outcomes. We pride ourselves in providing highly specialized, expert care that helps patients and families dealing with Perthes disease, among many other diseases. To learn more about conditions treated using Morscher osteotomy through surgical hip dislocation, follow the links below:


Post Perthes deformity

Surgical Technique

  1. The patient is positioned in laterally on the operating table
  2. An approximately 20cm long incision is made laterally along the femoral axis, centered over the greater trochanter
  3. Soft tissues are excised or reflected to expose the greater trochanter
  4. The osteotomy (bone cut) of the greater trochanter starts between the gluteus medius and the piriformis
  5. Muscles including the piriformis, gluteus minimus, gluteus medius, and vastus lateralis remain attached to the greater trochanter
  6. The greater trochanter is then moved anteriorly to allow your surgeon access to the anterior hip capsule.
  7. Accessed to the femoral head, acetabulum, and acetabular ridge is made with a capsulotomy.
  8. At this point, the femoral head can be dislocated anteriorly to allow for repair or reconstruction of the labrum, exploration of the acetabular cartilage, or reshaping of the femoral head.
  9. A series of osteotomies are performed to reshape the femoral head and lengthen the neck and this is usually fixed with a blade plate and screws.
  10. Once the femoral neck osteotomy is fixed, the greater trochanter is distallized and fixed with screws and a tension band wire.
  11. The incision is then closed.


Morscher osteotomy through surgical hip dislocation improves lower limb length discrepancy, gait, and range of motion at the hip for patients. The result from surgery is relative neck lengthening of the femur, and an improvement in the way the hip biomechanics function. Our patients see improvements in quality of life after surgery and experience less complications, pain and discomfort later in life. This approach allows for repair of intra-articular structures and may help prevent osteoarthritis from progressing in future.

Preop of patient 14 years of age, the articular-trochanteric distance was negative


After implant removal at 82 months of follow-up, the neck length was increased and the articulartrochanteric distance was positive

Potential Complications

As with any surgical procedure, the Morscher osteotomy surgical hip dislocation technique can have difficulties and complications. In most cases, our team of specialist can address these concerns without compromising the end results or outcome. Complications and side effects may include:

  • Avascular necrosis (AVN) of the femoral head
  • Nerve injury to the sciatic nerve (Neuropraxia)
  • Trochanteric non-union or malunion
  • Heterotopic ossification
  • Infection of the bone (osteomyelitis)
  • Progression of arthritis
  • Neurovascular injury (rare)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (rare)

Pre-Operative Care

  • An extensive medical history will be taken during your initial assessments
  • It is recommended that you stay active, eat a healthy diet, and stop smoking prior to any operation
  • Certain medications and vitamins may need to be stopped several weeks before
  • Discuss all medications and over the counter drugs with your surgeon
  • Use a calendar or agenda to organize your pre and post appointment dates
  • Make arrangements for personal care givers

Post-Operative Care

  • Dressings are left in place until first follow up visit 10-14 days after surgery.
  • The patient is placed in a hip SPICA brace in ABDUCTION post operatively
  • The patient is permitted to shower after first follow up appointment 10-14 days after surgery.
  • Prophylactic anticoagulation with subcutaneous injections are generally recommended for at least 2 weeks but will vary depending on the patients underlying conditions.
  • X-rays are done post-operatively in order to ensure adequate alignment

Follow-ups after surgery

  • Patients will be required to attend all post-operative appointments
  • Patients are placed in a hip spica brace and are permitted to toe touch weight bear on the affected side for 6 weeks after surgery
  • Weight bearing is then progressively increased
  • Training is provided to use crutches to assist walking
  • Physiotherapy session will focus on mobilisations of the hip and surrounding joints

Case studies

16 year old boy with Post perthes deformity


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