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Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis Care

Your child has been treated for a condition of the hips called slipped capital femoral epiphysis (ih-PIF-ih-sis), or SCFE (skiffee).  Surgery was done to help keep the head and neck of the femur bone (the long bone in the thigh) in place while healing takes place.

Your child will need to protect the hip for the next few months. The instructions below will help you care for your child during this time. Sports and gym class will be restricted for at least six weeks.

Your child may be able to be up walking with the aid of crutches or a walker. Your doctor will let you know how much weight your child is allowed to bear on the affected leg.

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Last Updated: 07/2013