Hip dislocation: Is reduction timing key?

By Terry Stanton

How much of a difference timing of reduction makes in the outcome of a hip dislocation remains a subject of debate. Although both the scientific and clinical evidence point to a beneficial effect with earlier surgery, some of the data are not so conclusive, especially with regard to outcomes over time.

During a symposium featuring a panel of trauma “Mythbusters” at the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego, J. Tracy Watson, MD, chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at St. Louis University, tackled the proposition “Timing of reduction: does it matter?”

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