What is FHO surgery?

Femoral Head Ostectomy explained

In a healthy hip the head or ball of the femur fits in and moves freely in the socket of the hip. In a damaged or diseased hip, the ball does not fit into the socket making movement extremely painful. A FHO or femoral head ostectomy, surgically repairs the damage allowing for pain-free mobility.

An FHO surgery removes the head of the femur leaving an empty socket. The leg muscle will keep the bone in place while specialized physical therapy is required to build up that muscle strength. Eventually scar tissue will form at the surgical site creating a cushioning or false joint.

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