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Gilbert gets hip with new options for surgery.


 

Gilbert gets hip with new options for surgery
East Valley Tribune
April 5, 2008

As more medical facilities locate in Gilbert, residents are seeing more health care options, including the most up-to-date procedures in hip replacement surgery.

In mid-February, the Core Institute opened its first East Valley branch in a medical office building just outside Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

The institute, which is the largest network of orthopedic doctors and surgeons in the state, provides some of the newest technology available for hip replacements and other orthopedic surgeries aimed at helping patients recover more quickly.

Dr. Steven Myerthall, an orthopedic surgeon at the institute, said the office has already gotten busy due to the need for services in the Gilbert area.

"It's not only a growing need," he said. "It's a need for orthopedics in the Valley. Lots of people are retiring out here, and there are lots of young families with athletic injuries."

A free public seminar is planned at 9 a.m. May 9 to educate the public on new ways to treat hip and other orthopedic injuries.

The seminar will focus on computer-assisted technology that helps lead surgeons in such a way to cut minimal muscle and make the surgeries less invasive, and on new technologies that are making the surgery less destructive to bones.

Some of the procedures, such as hip resurfacing, have just begun to gain popularity in the United States. The procedure allows younger sufferers of hip disease or injury to have hip replacements that remove less bone, making it easier for patients to recover and have less traumatic follow-up procedures in decades to come as they grow older, he said.

In the procedure that has long been popular in the United Kingdom, the femoral head is reshaped and resurfaced, and a new, metal femoral head, which is larger in diameter, reduces the risk of hip displacement that can happen with full hip replacements, Myerthall said.

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