Background: We prospectively analyzed the hip kinematics in patients with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) before and after periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) and in healthy subjects while squatting to determine the influence of coverage of the femoral head on hip kinematics. Methods: 14 hips in 14 patients with DDH and 10 hips in 10 volunteers were included. Continuous radiographs while squatting and computed tomography images were obtained to assess the in vivo kinematics of the hip and the rim-neck distance using density-based 3D-to-2D model-to-image registration techniques. Results: The maximum hip flexion angles were 100.4° and 94.9° before and after PAO (p = 0.0863), respectively. The maximum hip flexion angles after PAO did not significantly differ from those of normal hips (102.2°; p = 0.2552). The hip abduction angles at maximum hip flexion were 31.7° and 26.2° before and after PAO (p = 0.1256), respectively. The rim-neck distance decreased from averaged 12.2 mm–8.9 mm (p = 0.0044) after PAO. The lateral center edge angle (LCEA) and anterior center edge angle (ACEA) significantly improved 14.7°–42.4° and 50.4°–54.0° after PAO (p < 0.0001, p = 0.0347), respectively; in particular, the ACEA after PAO did not significantly differ from that in the normal hips (p = 0.1917). The ACEA was not correlated with hip flexion, or the rim-neck distance (p = 0.9601, 0.8764). The LCEA was also not correlated with hip abduction (p = 0.1683). Conclusion: Patients after PAO showed no significant difference in maximum hip flexion while squatting compared to before PAO and normal hips. Horizontalized weight-bearing acetabulum with normalized ACEA could be adequate correction of the acetabular fragment to restore hip RoM without coxalgia that induce the inability to perform squats after PAO.
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