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New Hip Replacement Surgery

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Watching Kim Goff walk now, you'd never know she had a debilitating hip disease as a middle schooler trying to play competitive sports. "I'd play all day and be running around, but the moment of truth came at night when I'd lay down and would be up all night because of the excruciating pain."

At age 12 she was diagnosed with Perthes disease. Basically the ball of her femur was dying inside the hip socket. One surgery and pain management was the treatment plan for the next 12 years. But at age 23, she got pregnant with her son, Cody. The added weight made her hip pain unbearable. "All of my last trimester, I was essentially in bed all day because walking became not an option."

Three months after Cody was born, Kim was completely on crutches. That's when she found Dr. Sanjai Shukla at Tahoe Fracture Clinic in Carson City. He performs a new type of hip surgery, designed for younger patients. "Traditional hip replacements have a simple ball and socket mechanism. What this device has is a ball within a ball. It's dual mobility with two different balls. A head within in head that allows for greater range of motion."

And this device prevents dislocations making it perfect for active people. "The newer devices are aimed at keeping the people active, keeping them in motion to keep their muscle strength up to keep them and to let them have a better quality of life."

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Written By Wendy Damonte
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