Today Kai and I took Eva to CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for those of you who are not familiar with the acronym) for a hip ultrasound. We’ve been running in circles regarding this hip thing, and today’s visit to Philadelphia will hopefully be our last for a while.
When Eva was born, the pediatrician recommended a hip ultrasound because she was born breech. Because breech isn’t the “ideal” position for a growing fetus, the hips may develop abnormally. There are four risk factors for hip dysplasia – breech postion, female child, first born child, and family history of hip dysplasia. Eva, the lucky girl she is, had three of those risk factors. Although Eva showed no signs of dysplasia or dislocation during her newborn examination, they still like to check to be sure.
We took her for an ultrasound at one of those special ultrasound places (recommended by her pediatrician). The results came back abnormal with her right hip appearing a little shallow. The pediatrician referred us to a pediatric othropedist at CHOP Voorhees. After an hour long wait, the specialist took 30 seconds to mess with Eva’s hips and declare her “probably okay.” She told us that most of the time ultrasounds performed at radiology places are of poor quality and almost always show false positives. Because of this, we’d have to take Eva to CHOP in Philadelphia for another ultrasound. (Don’t even get me started on why they referred us to a radiology place if they are crappy. I can tell you that first ultrasound wasn’t free!) I reluctantly made an appointment. I hate going to and being in the city.
The CHOP tech was a whole lot faster than the last tech at getting the needed images. Eva screamed through the whole thing. If you hadn’t known better, you would have thought she was having her legs twisted off of her body. At the end, the tech told us that Eva’s hips looked normal. Now all we have to do is wait to hear from the specialist. If the specialist agrees that Eva’s hips are fine, we’ll be done with all of this running around until she’s 6 months old. At that point she’ll need one more ultrasound to be “extra” sure things are still on the up and up.
I was really dreading what would have happened had Eva’s results been abnormal. They put babies with hip dysplasia in something called a Pavlik harness. It’s an awful looking contraption that would make feeding, dressing, and traveling very difficult. I’m so glad we will most likely be avoiding it.
So, all in all, today was a good day. Eva enjoyed most of it, at least. 🙂