Internal Screw Fixation for Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
This surgical procedure is used to stabilize a femoral head that has slipped off the neck of the femur. One or more screws are inserted through the neck and into the femoral head.
The patient is positioned so that the hip is clearly visible to the physician, and the area is cleaned and sterilized. An incision is made on the side of the thigh to allow access to the head of the femur.
Stabilizing the Femoral Head
The surgeon inserts one or more screws through the neck of the femur and into the femoral head. This anchors the head, securing it to the neck and preventing further slipping.
End of Procedure and After Care
The incision is closed and bandaged. The patient will be required to use crutches for at least six weeks after the procedure to allow the femur to heal.
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