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A Small World, Joined at the Hip
Stewart Halperin is a world-traveling photographer. He lost track of the number of countries he's visited when the count reached 95. Along with a passport, a healthy body is key for his on-the-go lifestyle. At 76, Stewart is showing no sign of slowing down...now that his hip is in great shape.
Stewart saw hip expert, Cecilla Pascual-Garrido, MD, PhD, at Washington University Orthopedics. Dr. Pascual-Garrido explained a total hip replacement was the best course of action for Stewart. "Stewart had advanced hip osteoarthritis (OA) and non-operative treatments had failed to manage the pain. The pain he was having was limiting activities of daily living and enjoyment like walking, traveling, and hiking. Total hip replacement is the treatment of choice for patients with advanced hip osteoarthritis. The implant is made of titanium and has a modular ceramic head. The implant allows patients to have good range of motion and get back to an active life without pain. New technology has allowed us to treat patients minimally invasively and more precisely. Today, most of our patients go home the same day they have hip surgery. We are working with navigation and robotic systems that allow us to plan and execute the surgery more precisely. In addition, the materials of the implants have evolved tremendously, allowing the implants to last much longer (20+ years)," Dr. Pascual-Garrido explains.
In January of 2017, Lydia Druin was training to qualify for a prestigious dressage competition. Dressage is an equestrian sport where riders compete to showcase the natural athleticism and grace of the horse. Lydia’s qualification for the competition was exciting; she had been riding her whole life and had been training to qualify for a year. However, Lydia’s constant hip pain was becoming increasingly worse. Her condition deteriorated so rapidly that by March she was not even able to ride, or compete, and had to stop to training altogether.
Gluteus Medius Tear
Dee Dee Ostman always prided herself on being in good shape. “I watch my diet, go to yoga three times a week, and run daily.” A couple years ago in February, she came across an article that included a self-assessment test to indicate your longevity and health. The test involved sitting cross-legged and raising yourself to a standing position without holding on to anything. She said she was pleased with her completion of the test but then felt a pop in her hip area as she rose. She dismissed it because there was no pain associated with the pop. She recalls being sore the next day but regardless went for her daily run. Over the next few days the soreness increased to the point she was not able to go on her daily runs and after a few weeks the soreness had turned to pain. Her primary care doctor said it could be bursitis which is the inflammation of the fluid filled sacs that cushion the joints. Dee Dee was told to take prescription ibuprofen and was given a list of exercises to do at home. After another three weeks and still no improvement, Dee Dee was sent to physical therapy.
Hip arthroscopy returns college student to active, pain-free life
Sudden, severe hip pain left 22 year-old college student Madysen Bailey with a diagnosis of a hip labral tear and femoroacetabular impingement, or hip impingement. Hip impingement is a condition where the bones of the hip don’t fit perfectly together, causing pain. If hip impingement isn’t corrected, it can lead to osteoarthritis later in life. Madysen travelled from Fayetteville, Arkansas to see hip and knee specialist Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, MD, PhD, at the Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Disorders Center for treatment, as it is one of the few centers in the region that specializing in treating young patients with hip conditions:
She fixed my hip a year ago and I am almost completely without pain now. She is very professional and set my mind at ease with her detailed explanations of the problem and the fix she recommended/performed. I felt very comfortable with her and her abilities. I would highly recommend her.
I highly recommend Dr Cecilia Pascual-Garrido. She is a fantastic surgeon who gave me a best case scenario with my hip. My pain is nearly gone. She was professional at all times and she answered my questions. Appointments werent had to schedule. Her follow up care was responsive. I'm glad to have found such a quality surgeon that gave me such a good result. Now I can get back to life as usual. Thank you Dr! This location is a beautiful office but parking involves a lot of walking which can be tough on some conditions. Consider the office out west.
I would recommend Dr Pascual-Garrido without hesitation.
Outstanding researcher and surgeon. I would recommend it without hesitation.
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