Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Ankeny IA

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Keith W Riggins, MD
(515) 965-1718
PO Box 368
Ankeny, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert John Weatherwax, MD
(515) 263-8363
1301 Penn Ave Ste 303
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dr.David A. Vittetoe
(515) 263-9696
1301 Pennsylvania Ave # 213
Des Moines, IA
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Ian Lin
(515) 263-9696
1301 Penn Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Ian Lin
(515) 263-9696
1301 Pennsylvania Ave # 213
Des Moines, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1992
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
2.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Donald W Blair, MD
(515) 277-2292
4210 Hickman Calvin West Apt 3140
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Anthony Vittetoe, MD
(515) 263-9696
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 213
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Boone County Hosp, Boone, Ia
Group Practice: Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons

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Allen Gayle Lang, MD
515-699-5999ext4706
3600 30th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1969

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David Anthony Vittetoe
(515) 263-9696
1301 Penn Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kyle Steven Galles, MD
(515) 247-8400
411 Laurel St Ste 3300
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Iowa Orthopaedic Ctr

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Hip Pain Info - Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

In order to understand Legg-Calve-Perthes disease it is important to understand the anatomy and function of the hip. Please read Hip Pain Info's section on the anatomy of the hip .

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball is formed by the top of the thigh bone (the femur) and is called the "head" of the femur. The socket is formed by the bones of the pelvis and is called the acetabulum.

Articular cartilage is a smooth shiny coating that covers the head of the femur and the acetabulum. Articular cartilage allows the head of the femur to move easily inside the acetabulum.

In Legg-Calve-Perthes disease there is an interruption of the blood supply to the growing head of the femur (also called the capital femoral epiphysis). Without blood, the bone that forms the head of the femur can not get the nutrients that it needs. The bone is damaged and areas of the growing head of the femur die. Eventually the blood supply to the growing head of the femur returns and the bone regenerates.

Unfortunately, in some cases of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease the growing head of the femur can lose its strength and can change its shape. When this happens there is increased stress on some areas of the head of the femur and the articular cartilage that covers it. Over a number of years this increased stress can lead to early osteoarthritis of the hip .

It is not clear what causes the blood supply to the growing head of the femur to be interrupted. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs in children (most often between the ages of 5 and 10) and it is far more common in boys than in girls.

The treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease depends on its severity. Most types of treatment work best when Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is detected early. Once it is detected, specialists that treat children with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease can plan out a treatment program.

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