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Hip Resurfacing
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Diana Cotter’s mobile home grooming service forced her to do something about the pain in her hip. It led to a complete turnaround in only four weeks with a new procedure called hip resurfacing, an alternative to hip replacement. “I didn’t know the arthritis had progressed so far till I saw the X-rays,” she noted.

Grooming pets can be a physically demanding career, one she loves. But the pain was getting worse.

“I couldn’t take walks on the beach, and cortisone shots didn’t help,” Diana said. “Dr. Burczak, who had been treating me for osteoarthritis in my knee, discovered a misalignment of my hip bones. He suggested I see Dr. Kolettis, who has experience with achieving the best outcomes in challenging cases.”

Dr. George Kolettis suggested hip resurfacing for Diana. Dr. Kolettis and his partner Dr. Ken Edwards are among the few US physicians trained in hip resurfacing. Hip resurfacing has been widely available in Europe and Australia since 1997, but was approved in the US by the FDA only last year.

“Hip resurfacing preserves the natural bone, which is especially important for younger, active patients like Diana,” Dr. Kolettis adds. “But it may also be appropriate for older patients who have good bone quality.”

“I can go for walks on the beach again,” Diana shares happily. “Everyone—Dr. Burczak, Dr. Kolettis, their staff—they were all wonderful.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kolettis or other physicians on the orthopedic team, call Southwest Michigan Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at 269-428-350

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