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Child must reach full height (14-16) be­fore hav­ing hip re­place­ment.

Slipped cap­i­tal femoral epi­physi hap­pens at child’s growth plates — bone re­gions that grow and that are more vul­ner­a­ble than rest of bone.

About 100 hip re­place­ments are con­ducted an­nu­ally on chil­dren and ado­les­cents (National Joint Reg­istry of Eng­land and Wales).

Or­thopaedic sur­geon Daniel Perry says many are as­so­ci­ated with slipped cap­i­tal femoral epi­physi.

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