Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Grand Island NE

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Philip Michael Cahoy, MD
(308) 384-5400
PO Box 9805
Grand Island, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Med Ctr, Grand Island, Ne; Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, Ne
Group Practice: Grand Island Orthopedics

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Kral Varhan, MD
(308) 381-0100
PO Box 1588
Grand Island, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Queens Univ, Fac Of Med, Kingston, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1991

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Scott Alan Lemek, MD
(308) 384-5400
908 N Howard Ave Ste 109
Grand Island, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1993

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Laurence Francis Lesiak, MD
(308) 384-5400
908 N Howard Ave Ste 109
Grand Island, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dolf R Ichtertz
(308) 389-3312
716 N Alpha St
Grand Island, NE
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Robert N Moore, DDS
(308) 381-8150
530 N Diers Ave PO Box 5821
Grand Island, NE
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Marty A Lewis, DDS
(308) 381-8150
530 N Diers Ave PO Box 5821
Grand Island, NE
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Scott A Lemek
(308) 384-5400
620 N Diers Ave
Grand Island, NE
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael Lee Mc Carty, MD
(308) 384-5400
908 N Howard Ave Ste 109
Grand Island, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1980

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Gregory S Sextro
(308) 384-5400
620 N Diers Ave
Grand Island, NE
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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