Some patients may have complex problems of the hip that need to be addressed with open surgery, specifically through surgical dislocation. In this procedure, the ball of the hip joint (femoral head) is carefully removed from the hip socket. Great care is taken to preserve the muscle attachments of the hip joint, as well as the blood supply to the femoral head. This surgical approach provides access to most of the cartilage and joint surfaces of the hip joint. Dr. LaReau learned this approach while completing a second fellowship in adolescent and young adult hip surgery at Children’s Hospital of Boston.