Janek’s story – Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)

We bring you the story of Johnny – a boy who was diagnosed with slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) at the age of 9. It consists of a separation of a fragment of the femoral head at the level of the growth cartilage, which is usually caused by circulation disorders in the cartilage area or trauma to the hip joint.

In most cases, the causes of SCFE are unknown. However, some authors identify risk factors and comorbidities. Among them are: poor eating habits, low physical activity, obesity, as well as hormonal disorders or genetic syndromes.

Drs. Paley, Deszczynski and Albrewczynski performed a surgical intervention – open repositioning of the exfoliated head using a modified Dunn method. The operation was successful and after just a few days the boy began intensive rehabilitation.

Today Janek can walk normally, run, play sports and enjoy life.