Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Shawnee KS

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Ronald Joseph Huerter, DDS
(913) 631-8941
12480 W 62nd Ter Ste 101
Shawnee, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Mark S Humphrey
(913) 541-8897
12200 W 106th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Mark Steven Humphrey, MD
(913) 541-8897
10600 Quivira Rd Ste 130
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1984

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Jack G Okerstrom, DDS
(913) 492-5290
7902 Quivira Rd
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Roger William Hood, MD
(913) 451-9310
12200 W 106th St Ste 400
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1974

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Kyle Patrick Ritter, MD
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 2003

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R Wayne Thompson, DDS
(913) 631-0110
11005 W 60th St Ste 180
Shawnee, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jeffrey Taylor Macmillan, MD
(913) 469-5272
12200 W 106th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1985

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John A Romito
(913) 541-8897
12200 W 106th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Foot & Ankle Surgery

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John Anthony Romito, MD
(913) 541-8897
10550 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1973

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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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