Adult Hips


A Guide to DDH as an Adult

If you’re over the age of 18 and have just been diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) or have been treated for DDH as a child but now require further treatment as an adult, then you are in the right place.

Compiled by adult DDH sufferers (past and present), this section of our site is designed to help you find out more about your condition – and how to cope with it. We certainly don’t know everything there is to know about DDH, but we hope that the pages that follow will act as a good starting point for you – and those close to you.

Natalie’s personal story – late diagnosis of hip dysplasia

We can help you:

  • Understand the basics of DDH, how it is diagnosed and what treatments are available.
  • Prepare for surgery
  • Get answers to the questions you couldn’t ask the surgeon

With your help, we can make this site bigger and more comprehensive over time. We welcome any feedback, so please contact us at if you’d like to get in touch or share your experiences.

We are also looking to expand the FAQ section so please e-mail us with any questions you feel need answering.

Additional reading – hot off the press

A Guide for Adults with Hip Dysplasia is an important, timely and helpful book for patients or families that have been touched by hip dysplasia. Until now, information for adults has been limited, especially compared to the amount of information available for children with hip dysplasia. This book fills that void in a caring way, that is informative and easy to read.

“Recent medical research has documented that dysplasia is a common cause of hip arthritis in young adults. Advances in orthopedic surgery have also made it possible to preserve hips in many cases, rather than replacing them at a young age with artificial joints. These new developments, how to evaluate them, and how to cope with them have been explained clearly, and with practical suggestions that anyone can follow.

“This book should be recommended reading for doctors and patients alike. Sophie West and Denise Sutherland have given a true gift to anyone with hip dysplasia.”

Charles T. Price, M.D. Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Medical Director, International Hip Dysplasia Institute
Orlando, FLORIDA

Buy a copy – A guide for Adults with Hip Dysplasia written by Denise Sutherland, Dr Sophie West

This book is the first of its kind : a comprehensive guide to hip dysplasia in adults. Whether diagnosed as a child, and having ongoing hip problems, or diagnosed as an adult, this book covers everything there is to know about developmental dysplasia of the hip in adults. This guide covers everything from hip anatomy and surgery, to recovery and the psychological aspects of the condition. The book includes 19 chapters, over 50 illustrations and x-rays, over 400 quotations from adult hip dysplasia patients, a glossary, cited references, and a comprehensive index. Both authors have bilateral hip dysplasia