(09/18/13) - There may be a much better way to relieve debilitating, chronic
hip pain. A relatively simple, less invasive than hip replacement surgery is
helping a lot of people.
Relief at last for 19-year-old Emily Wander.
For five long years, she suffered horrible pain in her hips, "it's like your sharpest, excruciating pain that you've had and then make that constant, and that's what it felt like."
Emily was active all her life. You name the sport, she played it. But by high school, she could barely walk.
Finally, Emily found Dr. Keith Kenter at University of Cincinnati's Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
Kenter discovered bumps, or bone spurs, on Emily's thigh bone, where the ball meets the hip socket, "you can imagine as she flexes and rotates, that spur comes in more contact with the socket."
To stop the pain, Dr. Kenter tried a high-tech treatment called Hip Arthroscopy. Through small incisions, he inserts special tools to repair torn cartilage, and shave the bone spur.
The days where we have to make a big incision, dislocate the hip to address something are going away," Dr. Kenter says.
Now, Emily is pain free and can't wait to go running again, "that's it. That's all I want and I'm almost there."
Hip Arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure, and patients usually recover more quickly than with major surgery. Ideal candidates are active patients who have hip pain resulting from bone spurs and tissue tears within the hip. Bone spurs are usually caused by local inflammation that stimulates formation of new bone.
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