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Robert E Deane, DMD
(843) 546-4416
301 Church St
Georgetown, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Michael N Bohan
(843) 520-1941
2185 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Mark E Triana
(843) 520-1941
2185 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Wright S Skinner III, MD
(843) 527-4447
1001 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.Mason Ahearn
(843) 527-4447
1001 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC
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M
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll
Year of Graduation: 1962
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Arthur Mason Ahearn, MD
(803) 527-4447
PO Box 1777
Georgetown, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1962

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Edward John Mikol, MD
(843) 449-2336
2185 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1990

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Edward J Mikol
(843) 520-1941
2185 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael Nolan Bohan, MD
1001 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1995

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Timothy Jay Pence, DMD
(843) 527-4536
420 Church St
Georgetown, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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