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Paul William Esposito, MD
(402) 492-9767
981080 Nebraska Med Ctr-Ortho,
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1977

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Nils Ake Nystrom, MD
(402) 559-5326
981080 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ I Umea, Med Fak, Umea, Sweden
Graduation Year: 1977

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Edward Vincent Fehringer, MD
(402) 559-4758
981080 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: N H S Univ Nebraska Med Ctr, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: Univ Of Nebraska/Creighton

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Oscar Max Jardon, MD
(361) 790-9483
600 S 42nd St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1957

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Walter William Huurman, MD FACS
(402) 559-8000
600 S 42nd St
Omaha, NE
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern
Graduation Year: 1962

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Kimberly A Turman
(402) 559-2258
981080 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kevin Lloyd Garvin, MD
(402) 559-4251
981080 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1982

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Daniel Scott Mulconrey, MD
(402) 559-2258
981080 Nebraska Med Ctr-Ortho,
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 2001

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Sean V McGarry
(402) 559-9800
988095 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Beau Slavin Konigsberg, MD
(402) 558-2405
981080 Nebraska Med Ctr-Ortho,
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 2001

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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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