Hip Preservation Program

Hips are at the core of the body’s structure and function. Many childhood hip problems can result in persistent hip pain and arthritis in adulthood. Through timely diagnosis and treatment, we can turn a painful hip in a growing child into a healthy hip that will last a lifetime.

The Hip Preservation Program is a part of the Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center and the Stanford Child and Adult Hip Preservation Center, which is the first comprehensive program on the West Coast that treats hip problems from infancy to old age. Our goal is to enhance hip function in people of all ages and prevent future pain, stiffness and inactivity often associated with arthritis. Your child can seamlessly transition to age-appropriate care, from growing young hips to strong, arthritis-free adult hips. We treat many different hip conditions, from developmental dysplasia of the hip in infants and young children, to sports injuries to the hip.

The program is led by Stephanie Pun, MD, who specializes in hip disorders and cutting-edge surgical treatments. Dr. Pun’s research focuses on hip dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), developing new surgical techniques for improving hip function and clinical outcomes of hip preservation surgery.

Our team has decades of experience helping children overcome their hip conditions and live active lives.

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Climbing to new heights after hip dysplasia surgery

Emma has hip dysplasia, but she hasn't let that stop her from becoming an amazing rock climber. After a periacetabular osteotomy at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, she made it all the way to a national climbing competition.