Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Macon GA

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John Warren Sapp
(478) 745-4206
840 Pine St
Macon, GA
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Robert Everard Blackwell, MD
(478) 745-4206
840 Pine St Ste 500
Macon, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1995

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Waldo Emerson Floyd III, MD
(478) 745-0426
PO Box 6317
Macon, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1980

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Robert M Thornsberry, MD
(478) 745-4206
840 Pine St Ste 500
Macon, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1989

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Gary L Hattaway
(478) 743-3000
1600 Forsyth St
Macon, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John C Floyd
(478) 633-1000
777 Hemlock St
Macon, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Wood D Pope
(478) 743-3000
1600 Forsyth St
Macon, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Charles Hyatt Richardson, MD
(478) 743-3000
1600 Forsyth St
Macon, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1970

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Joseph E Slappey
(478) 743-3000
1600 Forsyth St
Macon, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Joseph Earl Slappey Jr, MD
(478) 743-3000
1600 Forsyth St
Macon, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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