Beaumont researchers host hip preservation surgeons

2/25/2008

The Marcia and Eugene Applebaum Surgical Learning Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Hip Preservation Study Group. Surgeons from across North America gathered to discuss emerging techniques in hip preservation and to organize a multicenter trial.  

Hip preservation surgery is an emerging group of surgical procedures that are used to preserve and improve the function of hip joints in adolescent children and young adults.  Without surgery these individuals, born with congenital abnormalities, would otherwise develop hip arthritis - a painful and debilitating condition.

The Hip Preservation Study Group is composed of surgeons who specialize in non-prosthetic hip joint reconstruction and do research in the field. Ira Zaltz, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Beaumont Hospital, specializing in hip reconstruction, organized and hosted the meeting. Techniques discussed included periacetabular osteotomies, surgical hip dislocations, and hip arthroscopy.

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is an orthopedic center for hip preservation surgery.  More than 150 procedures on adolescent children and young adults have been performed to prevent or delay the onset of arthritis.