Simple surgical procedure heals young woman's hip pain

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by KING 5 HealthLink

KING5.com

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 2:04 PM

Relief at last, for 19-year-old Emily Wander! She suffered horrible hip pain for five long years.

“Like your sharpest, excruciating pain that you've had and then make that constant and that's what it felt like," saidWander.

Emily was active all her life.  You name the sport, she played it!  But by high school, she could barely walk.

Finally, Emily found orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Kenter. He found bone spurs on her thigh bone, where the ball meets the hip socket. 

"You can imagine as she flexes and rotates, that spur comes in contact with the socket," said Dr. Kenter.

To stop the pain, Dr. Kenter tried a high-tech treatment called hip arthroscopy. 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.

Now Emily is pain free and can’t wait to go running again.

“That’s all I want and I’m almost there,” she said.

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.

Although arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure and recovery is quicker than with traditional surgery, patients can still expect to be on crutches or using a walker for a while.

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