Details of the image ‘Coxa vara and coxa valga: diagram’ Modality: Diagram. Coxa valga describes a deformity of the hip where there is an increased angle between the femoral When the angle is coxa vara. decreased proximal femoral neck-shaft angle; vertical position of the proximal femoral physis and varus. pathomechanics. coxa vara and.

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Paley and Feldman have extensive experience in treating a wide range of hip problems, with excellent results. At the Paley Institute, we offer the most technologically advanced treatment methods, with an emphasis on joint reconstruction and preservation over joint replacement.

Deformity of the hip joint may be due to femoral deformity and acetabular dysplasia. The acetabulum is the socket-shaped surface of the pelvis where the femoral head sits.

Femoral deformity and acetabular dysplasia are often associated with each other. Femoral deformity can be secondary to acetabular dysplasia and vice versa. Deformity of the femur will often cause a resultant deformity in the acetabulum, and a deformity of the acetabulum will cause a resultant deformity in the femur. Furthermore, the shape of the upper femur is affected by any imbalance of muscle forces around it. For more information, see Hip Dysplasia.

Deformities of the hip can be divided into coxa valga and coxa vara. Coxa valga is a deformity due to an increase in the angle between the head and neck of the femur and its shaft normally degrees.

Coxa vara is the opposite: Coxa vara is usually indicated when the angle is less than degrees. Example of normal proximal femoral angles. Anteversion of the femur inward twisting can create coxa valga. Coxa valga leads to acetabular dysplasia. Furthermore, the location of the greater trochanter on an anteverted femur promotes hip dysplasia. Acetabular dysplasia and femoral anteversion are usually associated with one another. Coxa vara, on the other hand, produces more amenable forces on the acetabulum.

Therefore, when coxa vara is seen with hip dysplasia, it is not the cause of the dysplasia. Instead, both deformities are caused by the same disease process. One example of coxa vara with hip dysplasia is in Congenital Femoral Deficiency.

Femoral deformities can also arise after treatment of hip dysplasia. For example, treatment for avascular necrosis can result in growth arrest of the upper femur. This results in further deformity, such as coxa breva shortening of the neck of the femur and collapse of the femoral head, resulting in an elliptical or saddle shape.

Evaluation of the hip is important for developing treatment strategies. The evaluation will include hip range of motion ROMassessment of hip impingement, rotation profile of the femur and tibia, hip flexion and abduction strength, and pain. X-rays provide most of the information needed for diagnosis. Computerized tomography CT may be useful to evaluate the shape of the femoral head and acetabulum. Magnetic resonance imaging MRI can be used to illustrate the soft tissues and assess impingement. Contraindications for joint replacement include advanced arthrosis and stiffness.

When performing osteotomies of the hip joint, it is crucial to consider the surrounding soft tissues. The more extreme and the more chronic a hip deformity, the more likely there are to be associated soft tissue contractures.


These must be addressed during surgery with soft tissue releases. In some cases, an osteotomy of the iliac wing of the pelvis is performed to shorten the requisite amount for xoxa reattachment. Correction of coxa valga is a varus osteotomy of the femur.

The normal NSA of the femur is degrees. Valgus angles greater than degrees put the patient at risk of hip subluxation dislocation. Treatment involves a pelvic osteotomy combined with varus osteotomy at the upper femur.

This will result in good stabilization of the hip. A good example of a femoral varus osteotomy is the Nishio osteotomy.

This example demonstrates that hip dysplasia can be corrected with osteotomy coxx the femur and not a pelvic osteotomy. The Nishio osteotomy at the base of the neck. The osteotomy allows the proximal femur to be turned inwards because it does not elevate the greater trochanter. The greater trochanter is lateralized, increasing abductor lever arm.

Ten years after Nishio varus osteotomy. The femoral osteotomy should be medially translated towards the inside to avoid a secondary translation deformity. Furthermore, because varus osteotomy shortens the femur this has an effect on the greater trochanter. There is a risk that the greater trochanter may lose both tension and lever arm, which can lead to a lurch or Trendelenburg gait.

To avoid this, we will transfer the greater trochanter at the same time as the osteotomy. Correction of coxa vara is a valgus osteotomy. Coxa vara results from previous treatment or a congenital deformity.

The center of rotation of angulation CORA is at the center of the femoral head. Therefore, valgus osteotomy needs to translate laterally towards the outside to avoid developing a translation deformity. Coxa vara is often associated with other deformities, such as flexion and rotation. Correction of the deformity often requires correction in all three planes. Because of this, consideration of the muscles of the hip and upper femur is crucial to avoid developing further complications.

Our approach is to perform the osteotomy distal down to the lesser trochanter to minimize tension on the psoas tendon. The greater trochanter is then moved distally downward increasing tension on the hip abductors and increasing abductor lever arm.

The osteotomy is vafa with blade plate internal fixation. This method offers excellent control of the osteotomy. We developed a method called fixator-assisted nailing in which the deformity is first stabilized with an clxa fixator, and then with internal fixation.

The external fixator pins are placed outside the path of the planned nail. The osteotomy is performed and the bone corrected to the desired position.

The internal nail is then applied and locked into place. Valgus osteotomy for correction of coxa vara.


Lateral translation occurs by lining up the blade plate along the femur. The blade plate is then vaar into place. If the differences are the same, there is no trochanteric overgrowth; if they are different, then trochanteric overgrowth is present. There are three approaches to correction of trochanteric overgrowth, each with separate indications:.


Each of these approaches vapga the same underlying goal: The Wagner osteotomy is used to change the part of the femoral head that is articulating with the acetabulum.

The other two osteotomies do not varz the part of the femoral head that articulates with the acetabulum. The main indication is improved congruity and reduction of joint forces when the femoral head is not spherical.

The approach is really two osteotomies: The combination of the two techniques results in increased length of the femoral neck. The Morscher osteotomy does not change the orientation of the bara head in the acetabulum and therefore the congruity of the hip joint stays the same. The indication is when there is no need to change the congruity of the joint.

Next, a greater trochanteric osteotomy is performed to at the same angle and shifted distally downward and laterally to the outside. The effect is to lengthen the femoral neck. The Ganz osteotomy is combined with a capsulotomy and a safe-surgical dislocation of the hip. There is less danger to the circulation of the femoral head than with the other two approaches because the dislocation helps avoid injury to the femoral head.

A combined intra-articular and extra-articular impingement of the hip is best addressed with this approach. This osteotomy creates a relative lengthening of the femoral neck by shifting the trochanter laterally to the outside and distally downward. The shaft of the femur is not moved coxx, however, a major difference with the Morscher osteotomy. The Ganz osteotomy does not actually lengthen the femur, as the Morscher and Wagner approaches do.

Intra-articular deformities of the hip are deformities of the femoral head at its connection to the femoral neck.

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One example is a deformity of the shape of the femoral head. Coxw and extra-articular surgical procedures can be performed to correct intra-articular deformities.

One example is the deformity of the femoral head var to the neck created by a slipped capital femoral epiphysis can be treated by an intra-articular reduction or osteotomy or an extra-articular reorientation osteotomy. For more information, see Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.

Foxa example is a non-spherical femoral head can be treated by a Ganz femoral head reduction osteotomy FHRO. For more information, see Perthes Disease. At the Paley Institute, our approach is to normalize the anatomy and muscle forces while preserving the original anatomic structures. This approach has yielded excellent results, extending the life of the hip for our patients while addressing their pain and disability.

Coxa Vara / Coxa Valga – Physiopedia

Skip to content Content Area Drs. For more information, see Hip Dysplasia Deformities of the hip can be divided into coxa valga and coxa vara. One example of coxa vara with hip dysplasia is in Congenital Femoral Deficiency Femoral deformities can also arise after treatment of hip dysplasia.

Hip Evaluation Evaluation of the hip is important for developing treatment strategies.