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Aurora Wellness Center offers free program on new hip pain treatment

Monday, February 12, 2007

Procedure reduces recovery time

The advent of arthroscopic surgery has changed the way physicians treat joint deterioration of the knees and hip. In the next 5 years, hip arthroscopy is poised to become the standard method surgeons will use treat hip joint pain. The good news is that Anthony Ricci, D.O., orthopedic surgeon, Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington, already performs the procedure.

“This is the last frontier,’’ said Dr. Ricci. “The technology is better today, the instrumentation is stronger and larger. It’s a technically demanding surgery that’s hard to do, but physicians will start performing the procedure because of the benefits to the patient.’’

Dr. Ricci will discuss hip pain and how hip arthroscopy works at an upcoming program slated for 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 21, Aurora Wellness Center, Room C, 300 McCanna Parkway, Burlington. To register, please call 800-870-6919 to register or click here. Cost is free.

Historically, hip surgery was a major event, the surgeon needed to make large invasive cuts to look inside the joint. For the patient, that meant several days in the hospital, followed by lengthy recovery time, and a large, unsightly incision.

With hip arthroscopy, physicians make a tiny incision and insert a pencil-sized optical device into the hip joint that shows the surgeon where the problems reside.

The procedure addresses a number of issues including hip pain, snapping, locking or loose bodies, where degenerative pieces of cartilage break off and float unattached in the joint.

“Patients can go home the same day,’’ said Dr. Ricci. “Usually patients might use crutches for a few days and rehab can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month or so, depending upon what is done to the hip. Patients usually can return to the their daily activities within a week or so.’’

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)

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