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Peter Dwight Wirtz, MD
(515) 278-5811
2022 S 41st Ct
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1965

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Stephen Gary Taylor, MD
(515) 224-1414
6001 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Iowa Lutheran Hosp, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Jeffrey Paul Davick, MD
(515) 224-1414
6001 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Dennis D Kommer, DDS
(515) 225-9245
Drs Kommer & Sturdivant PC 1300 37th St
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Teri Scott Formanek, MD
(515) 327-1555
13375 University Ave Ste 100
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1986

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Brian F Mc Garvey, DDS
(515) 225-3770
1200 35th St # 203
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Mark Douglas Fish
(515) 875-9908
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Douglas Stephen Reagan
(515) 224-1414
6001 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jon Craig Gehrke
(515) 224-1414
6001 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Ronald K Bunten, MD
(515) 699-5826
6001 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1960

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Hip Pain Info - Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

In order to understand this condition 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 head of the femur in growing children is also called the "capital femoral epiphysis".

The areas where bones grow are called growth plates. In growing children there is a growth plate just below the head of the femur. Growth plates are weaker than other parts of the bone. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is the term used to describe the condition in adolescents in which the growing head of the femur (also called the capital femoral epiphysis) "slips" off the rest of the thigh bone. It slips off in a backward direction.

Why the capital femoral epiphysis "slips" off the rest of the thigh bone is not well understood but it is thought to have something to do with weakness of the growth plate. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis usually happens during periods of rapid growth, shortly after the beginning of puberty.

Although the cause of slipped capital femoral epiphysis is not known, what is known is that it happens more often in boys than in girls. Increased body weight may also play a role.

In most cases of slipped capital femoral epiphysis the slip happens slowly. However, in some cases the slip happens suddenly and can be associated with a minor fall...

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