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Dancer Back on Her Feet Thanks to Arthroscopy

When severe hip pain made a trip up a flight of stairs a daunting task, Charlene feared she would need a total hip replacement. Only 32 years old, Charlene worried the surgery would limit her active lifestyle and prevent her from enjoying her favorite hobby of ballet dancing. Orthopedic surgeons at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, were able to get Charlene back on her toes within weeks.

Charlene underwent hip arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that can postpone and may eliminate the need for hip replacement surgery. Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that requires several small incisions at the hip. An arthroscope, or small camera, is inserted into the hip joint to provide the surgeon a direct view of what may be causing the pain.

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush and a team doctor for the Chicago White Sox, discovered Charlene’s pain was due to a bone chip in the hip joint. Using sophisticated instruments inserted through the small incisions, Dr. Bush-Joseph removed the piece of bone and Charlene went home the same day.

“The majority of the pain was gone within the first week and I was quickly back at the gym easing into my workout routine,” says Charlene. “Six months later I was back in ballet classes and enjoying all the activities I could do before my injury.”

“This surgery is ideal for patients with sports and dance-related injuries to the hip joint,” said Dr. Bush-Joseph. “The patients who respond well are young, active individuals who are experiencing pain in the groin area.” Bush-Joseph performs about 50 to 60 hip arthroscopes a year at Rush.

However, the surgery is not for everyone. According to Bush-Joseph, hip arthroscopy is not effective for people who have moderate or advanced arthritis. Also patients with a severe loss of hip joint cartilage will likely require a more extensive procedure, such as total hip replacement.

Reflecting on her procedure, Charlene believes hip arthroscopy was the perfect choice for her. “Ballet has been a part of my life since I was four. It is my outlet to relieve stress and get my mind away from school and work. I didn’t want to have to quit. This procedure has given me the confidence to return to the ballet studio.”

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