Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is identified with a medical examination that includes rotation of the afflicted limb, movement monitoring, and X-rays. If the diagnosis cannot be established with X-rays and your medical provider still feels your kid has SCFE, an MRI may be recommended. Your doctor may order blood testing to check out other medical issues.
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is generally treated with surgery to fix the slipping growth plate. However, even before the operation, the physician will encourage resting and the use of crutches to avoid placing pressure on the injured limb. Many physicians recommend admitting the patient as quickly as SCFE is detected so that the patient can relax and the surgery can be performed as soon as feasible.
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) treatment is done under general anesthesia (when a patient is completely asleep). The surgeons will create a small incision near the hip, then insert a metal screw through bones and across the growth plate to lock it in place, using a fluoroscope, a piece of specialized X-ray equipment that generates a realistic hip scenario on a TV screen as a guide. The screw is inserted deep into the bone and is not felt by the patient after the operation.