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This factsheet provides parents of children treated in hip spica casts with information and ideas about ways to manage at home. After demonstration by the nursing staff about how to care for your child in a hip spica, you will be encouraged to participate in your child's care during their hospital stay so you will feel more confident to do it at home.
A hip spica is a type of plaster that covers both legs from the ankles up to the level of the belly button. An area around the groin is cut out for toileting. It is used to prevent movement after hip surgery or fractures of the femur (thigh bone) so the affected area can heal. Coping with a hip spica may at first appear difficult, but you and your child will get used to it quickly.
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Factsheet produced by Ward 4 Main (formerly North), Department of Orthopaedics. First uploaded Aug 2005. Updated June 2011.