Hip Approach Innovative Hip Surgery at Sky Ridge Stops Pain, Reducing Need for Hip Replacement
Hip surgery on someone so young seemed drastic to Potkanowicz and her parents, so they sought a second opinion from Dr. Presley Swann, an orthopedic surgeon with Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists, who performs surgeries at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Dr. Swann agreed that she needed labral repair surgery, but cautioned that the procedure alone wouldn't solve her problem. "People are born with this condition, but they might not experience problems until they become more active in their teen years or young adulthood," says Dr. Swann. Dr. Swann recommended a surgical procedure called periacetabular osteotomy (PAO). "The procedure repositions the hip socket to cover more of the femoral head," says Dr. Swann. "This correction improves the stability of the hip joint and stops damage that can lead to arthritis. After surgery, there's an 80 percent chance that a patient won't need hip replacement for at least 20 years, if ever."
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