Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease | Overview

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We've had the 100th anniversary year of the first recognition of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Dr. Arthur Legg, who in 1910 was one of the first describers of the condition, was a Boston Children's orthopedic surgeon. So, we have a long history and vast experience treating children with this condition.

      –Young-Jo Kim, MD, PhD, orthopedic surgeon, Boston Children's Hospital

If your child has been diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, you probably have many concerns and questions about his health, treatment, recovery and other issues. It may comfort you to know that Boston Children’s Hospital is a world leader in pediatric orthopedics and we have a wealth of experience helping children with this rare condition. We specialize in innovative, family-centered care that supports your child and family every step of the way.

Boston Children's approach to Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

Boston Children's orthopedic surgeon Arthur Thornton Legg, MD, one of the doctors after whom the condition is named, first recognized and described Legg-Calve-Perthes disease in 1910. Since then, Boston Children’s surgeons have built up a vast body of knowledge of, and experience with, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; we’ve pioneered advanced techniques for re-shaping the femoral head and optimizing joint function and longevity.

Today, an important aspect of treating Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is diagnosing the condition early in childhood. Early diagnosis and treatment allow as much time as possible for the head of your child's thigh bone to remodel itself back into a round shape, since children’s softer bones heal quickly and have a good capacity for self-repair. Treatment goals include controlling pain, maintaining hip motion and preventing additional hip deformity.

Other developmental hip conditions

Whatever hip treatment your child requires, you can have peace of mind knowing that, as national and international orthopedics referral centers, Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center and Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program have deep experience treating children with every kind of hip condition, some of which few other pediatric hospitals have ever encountered. As a result, we can provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care for every level of complexity and severity of hip problem.

In the News

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New Richmond News, March 26, 2015


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