Hip Center

The International Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Hip Disorders was formed at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego in 2009 and is now widely recognized throughout the United States and the world as a leading referral center for both simple and complex hip problems.

The Center is directed by Dennis Wenger, M.D., who leads an expert team of orthopedic surgeons who have extensively researched hip disorders.

Our areas of expertise include hip disorders that affect infants (developmental dysplasia of the hip), Legg-Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and other traumatic, congenital and developmental conditions of the hip.

The Center’s goal is to provide world-class care for children, adolescents, and some young adults by applying the knowledge that our world-renowned faculty has gained through their clinical experience and research. As the biology and mechanics of the hip in a developing human are much different than in an adult, our medical and surgical care is tailored to the special needs of the growing child.

Our program begins with care for the infant and includes sophisticated office-based ultrasound analysis of hip dysplasia. We have established one of the largest Pavlik harness treatment programs for using a corrective harness developed at our Center. As the child gets older, we provide advanced knowledge regarding the treatment and surgical management of all complex hip disorders, extending into late adolescence and on occasion, into young adulthood.

The late teen/young adult program focuses on management of the recently defined hip impingement syndromes, commonly seen in young athletes.

Along with providing highly specialized surgery, the Center offers:

  • Access to and referral for advanced imaging studies
  • Parent and patient education
  • Expert consultation on the development and progression of all childhood hip conditions
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation